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Author JD Salinger Major Characters Holden Caulfield - Holden Caulfield is the main character and narrator of the story The story consists of what he is telling a psychologist about several days that Holden spent in New York after being dismissed from Pencey Prep School During the time he talks about he had been having a nervous breakdown The death of his brother Allie which he blames himself for has made him depressed and sapped his motivation Allies death shows that Holden doesnt know much about the meaning of life and death - Holden does not take it very well it drags him down quite a bit Phoebe Caulfield - Phoebe Caulfield is Holdens little sister Very intelligent and loyal to Holden she stops him from going west Overview The novel is told as a flashback It starts in Pencey Prep School The time is near Christmas and Holden has found out that he has been expelled After talking to his history teacher Holden goes to his room He decides that he hates everyone at the school collects his possessions and leaves for NYC On the train he meets a woman who turns out to be the mother of another student whom Holden knew at Pencey Prep Holden lies about his identity and makes up a story about the womans son Later he is mad at himself for this incident because he hates it when other people do that sort of thing acting fake Holden likes when people are true to themselves - a nonconformist so to speak When he gets to NYC he goes to hotel and gets a room For the next couple of hours he goes in and out of his room and to various bars At one point he has a prostitute come to his room but then doesnt want to do anything except talk Eventually she leaves but he gets in a fight with the pimp for
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