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Many people find that their dreams are unreachable Holden Caulfield realizes this in JD Salingers The Catcher in the Rye As Holden tells his story he recounts the events since leaving the Pencey School to his psychiatrist At first Holden sounds like a typical misguided teenager rebellious towards his parents angry with his teachers and flunking out of school However as his story progresses it becomes clear that Holden is indeed motivated just not academically He has a purpose to protect the young and innocent minds of young children from the horrors of adult society He hopes to freeze the children in time as wax figures are frozen in a museum After interacting with Phoebe his younger sister Holden realizes that this goal is quite unachievable Holden wants to be the Catcher in the Rye then realizes it is an unreachable ideal Holden begins his story misguided and without direction After flunking out of the Pencey School Holden decides to leave early Before he leaves though he visits his teacher Mr Spencer Mr Spencer and Holden talk about his direction in life Do you feel absolutely no concern for your future boy Oh I feel some concern for my future all right Sure Sure I do I thought about it for a minute But not too much I guess 14 After leaving Pencey he checks into a hotel where he invites a prostitute up to his room He gets cold feet and decides not to have intercourse with her though Later Holden decides to take his old girlfriend Sally Hayes to the theater After taking her to the theater Holden formulates a crazy plan which entails running away with Sally getting married and growing old together Sally thinks that he is crazy and she decides to go home During his stay away from home Holden drinks and smokes showing even more misdirection However when Holden returns home and talks to his sister Phoebe his direction
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