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Analysis of the Catcher in the Rye In 1919 Jerome David Salinger was born to Sol and Miriam Jillich Salinger This man would have a moderately normal childhood attending the private McBurney School in Manhattan and afterwards the Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania where he graduated in 1936 He then attended New York University for an unsuccessful summer session in short-story writing This 20th century novelist would later come to be known as J D Salinger and write many short stories This impressive list of books include Nine Stories Franny and Zooey Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters and Seymour An Introduction and For Esme- With Love and Squalor and by far his most impressive composition and only novel The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye is a novel told in a first- person perspective by Holden Caulfield a cynical reclusive teenager who among many other things is taking an arduous voyage from childhood and innocence to experience and ma turity Catcher in the Ryes setting somewhat parallels Salingers environment during his early life This novel takes place in the 1950s and starts out in the autumn at Pencey Prep a private boys preparatory school and later in New York City while the last chapter takes place in an insane Radoncic Senny asylum The protagonist and antagonist Holden Caulfield is a cynical melancholy teen who is a very dynamic personality in this book He is the only character which appears throughout the book He comes in contact with many other characters that have a strong impact on the decisions he makes Stradlater Holdens athletic popular rich roommate at Pencey is the exact opposite of every characteristic that Holden possesses Even though they are so contrasted they seem to get along most of the time Allie Caulfield is a character used off-stage to bring out qualities in Holden Allie was Holdens brother who died at an early age due to
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