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SYOPSIS The Catcher in the Rye takes place mostly in New York The protagonist Holden Caulfield finds himself in a chain of events while he is running away from his home that all end up to his isolation from the world Time after time he finds himself abandoned by the people he believed in most he comes closer to his fate Even his English teacher Mr Antolini the man he confided in most let him down The novel ends in tragedy for Holden when he finally realizes he cannot win his battle He returns home to his parents and is obviously sent to a psychiatric hospital to rest before retiring to the world that has defeated him THEMES This book is full of different themes and ideas Therefore they will be explained in a series of paragraphs Mostly the book speaks of innocence and placement in our world Through the protagonist and his views and actions the author JD Salinger portrays these themes I didnt know where the hell to go That quote said by Holden would fully describe how he feels about his place in the world The major theme in The Catcher in the Rye is that of alienation within a society that is increasingly sacrificing its value system for the sake of monetary gain It is also that of alienation within a society that is conformist where no one has the courage to be true honest and different Holden Caulfield is a solitary rebel who is alienated because he cannot conform He perceives his loneliness and isolation and wants to break the confines of his seclusion by making some form of human connection Unfortunately all the people he reaches out to are unable to accept him Holden is faced with denial and rejection from all quarters Throughout the book Salinger stresses the need for interaction and communication which seem to be disappearing in the post-war America Salinger also highlights the increasing degree
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