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Chapter One The Catcher in the Rye begins with the statement by the narrator Holden Caulfield that he will not tell about his lousy childhood and all that David Copperfield kind of crap because such details bore him He describes his parents as nice but touchy as hell Instead Holden vows to tell about what happened to him around last Christmas before he had to take it easy He also mentions his brother DB who is nearby in Hollywood being a prostitute Holden was a student at Pencey Prep in Agerstown Pennsylvania and he mocks their advertisements which claim to have been molding boys into clear-thinking young men since 1888 Holden begins his story during the Saturday of the football game with Saxon Hall which was supposed to be a very big deal at Pencey Selma Thurmer the daughter of the headmaster is at the game Although she is unattractive and a bit pathetic to Holden she seems nice enough for she does not lavish praise upon her father Holden the manager of the fencing team had just returned from New York with the team Although they were supposed to have a meet with the McBurney School Holden left the foils on the subway The fencing team was angry at Holden but he thought the entire event was funny in a way Holden does not attend the football game instead choosing to say goodbye to Spencer his history teacher who knew that Holden was not coming back to Pencey Holden had recently been expelled for failing four classes Analysis JD Salinger begins The Catcher in the Rye with a bold and sarcastic declaration His main character immediately rejects the idea that the events that he describes in the novel consist of his life story or that this story is indicative of any larger message He eschews the Dickensian idea of literature in which plot points and narrative progression serve a moral end
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