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Jerome David Salinger was born January 1 1919 in New York City At age 11 he was voted most popular actor at Camp Wigwam in Harrison Maine Salingers parents decided to offer him the opportunity to be enrolled into a private school just like his character Holden Caulfield Before and even after JD Salinger was famous for his works they were both sort of social outcasts Pinsker xiii He was not working for a degree didnt care about course credit and was considered a loner Hamilton 43 His molded personality of his past became a part of his writing the style is the one Salinger is most noted for where JD Salinger pits his characters against a world that insists that they compromise learn to adjust or simply grow up Pinsker xiii The Catcher in the Rye was banned from many school reading lists due to uncivilized behavior poor role modeling and a variety of expletives Through the use of characterization morality and setting JD Salinger constructs one of the most well known American classics of our time In The Catcher in the Rye he deals with issues such as the loss of innocence and moral dilemmas that one must face when growing up Holden is a very strange and peculiar character He has an odd personality in many different senses He is rather confrontational but he never stands behind himself Although the character Holden Caulfield was acclaimed as one of the most well-rounded and affecting views of a 16-year old Pinsker 16 he is skinny weak he smokes drinks lies cusses and he has some very crude humor This makes Holden a very realistic character and makes his journey into adulthood seem more authentic He doesnt hold back and when he feels the need he goes about speaking his own mind without undue embarrassment or extended apology Pinsker 10 Holden is a rebel and for the same reason he is a loner Holden
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