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Everyone struggles to find their place in society Some follow the rules society has set for them exactly while others have a hard time dealing with the transition from childhood to adulthood The Catcher in the Rye was written post World War II and magnifies some of the problems Americas youth was going through Salinger uses everything from comedy and obscenity to violence and death to get his point across JD Salingers The Catcher in The Rye exemplifies the struggles a forlorn and confused youth can go through when trying to survive in society and find purpose and acceptance as an adult JD Salinger was born in Manhattan in 1919 the son of a wealthy cheese importer He grew up in a fashionable section of New York City and spent his youth studying at various prep schools after shuttling between several schools his parents finally sent him to the Valley Forge Military Academy in 1934 Phillips 3 After returning from World War II Salinger began to write In many ways the novel combines details of Salingers early life with the postwar world in which it was written Holdens story published in 1951 is set amid the conservative activity of the early 50s a time when the American industrial economy made the nation prosperous and old- fashioned social rules forced the younger generation to repress its sexuality factors which affect Holdens story The book created a huge amount of debate due to the moral issues raised by the book and the context in which it is presented Lomazoff 1 Following the enormous reaction from the public to the novels first publication he fled to a rural life in the hills of New Hampshire to evade public attentionHolden Caulfield a sixteen year-old boy recuperating in a rest home from a nervous breakdown some time in 1950 narrates the Catcher in the Rye Holden tells the story of his last day at a school called Pencey Prep and
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