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The Catcher in the Rye J D Salinger The Catcher in the Rye is a story about a young man named Holden Caulfield and the experiences that he faces after being dismissed from school This book contains a great deal of symbolism but it can very easily be missed in its simple story line The story line itself is very basic and I do not feel that the plot is very well written When taken the time to appreciate it this book is without a doubt a classic As was stated in the first paragraph this story contains a great deal of symbolism In the beginning of the story when Mr Spencer fails Holden Holden is surprised about the failing grade and his mind begins to wander He thinks about Central Park and how when the pond freezes over the duck leave He shows a great deal of concern for what happens to the ducks I believe that his concern for the ducks while the pond is frozen over symbolizes his concern for what he is going to do now that he has been dismissed from school Much later on in the book Holden is talking with Horwitz an angry cab driver about what happens to the ducks and fish when the pond freezes over Perhaps Holden is still unsure about what is in store for him and what he should do with his life Holdens character does not relate to people very well Throughout the story Holden is longing for a companion He does not have a very good personality so instead he uses money to get the likeness of others In many instances his buys drinks for women to win their respect but most of the time he is not very interested Although Holden is very generous his generosity is limited to his wallet However Holden does care very much for his sister Phoebe She is ten years old and is very
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