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A young man Holden Caulfield is in a mental institution where he is recovering from a recent mental breakdown The entire novel is a flashback of the events that had led up to his emotional destruction The flashback begins with Holden leaving the boarding school he had been attending because of bad grades Holden had been sent to boarding school by his parents One conflict encountered in The Catcher in the Rye is Holden vs himself Holden has a hard time dealing with life and feels that everyone around him is a phony This is one of the reasons for his mental breakdown His own mind working against himself caused him to have internal problems and turn against himself His internal conflict also led to his withdrawal from the outside world He became self-centered and could no longer cope with life Most of the novel takes place in New York City The story begins just a week before Holdens Christmas break The world has driven him insane He just cannot relate to anyone except for his kid sister Phoebe Everything and all other people seem phony to him Holden is unable to accept life He flunks out of three boarding schools in a row the most recent of them Pencey Prep this is also where the first part of the story takes place Another conflict we come across is Holden vs society Everyone is a phony to him and he never realizes the good in anyone This is due to Holdens strong opposition to material wealth He cannot communicate with anyone and feels that the only person he can even relate to is his sister Phoebe Holden cannot function as a normal part of society because of his hatred towards all phonies which he believes everyone to be One Saturday night after an unpleasant experience with his history teacher Old Spencer his roommate Stradlater and the boy next door Holden
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