The Catcher in the Rye

I. Critical Biography

J.D. Salinger is an American author who wrote the

famous novel "The Catcher in the Rye." It was written in

1951, (encyclopedia, Pg. 60). It ranks as a minor

classic. This story is popular among American high

school and college students. Salinger was born in New

York City in 1919. His full name is Jarome David

Salinger. Salinger has written several other books in

his life. Salinger wrote some later fiction that

centered on the Glass Family. These books included

Franny and Zooey, Rise High the Roof Beam, and Carpenters

on Seymore. He writes extremely comical books.

II. Synopsis

The book "The Catcher in the Rye," was an

interesting novel. It includes a teenage boy named

Holden. Holden just got kicked out of a prep school

named Pensey, because he did not keep his grades up. He

knew he was going home that next week. One night a few

days before he was getting sent home he left the school.

He really had no idea where he was going. He couldn't go

home because he wasn't sure whether his parents knew he

was kicked out of Pensey or not. First off he goes to a

hotel to stay. He had many experiences that night. One

example was when he had a prostitute in his room at one

minute and was getting beat up the next. Needless to say

he had some bad experiences that night. He was in search

of self-understanding and the meaning of life. Holden is

trying to decide what to do with his life and where to

go. He finally goes home to see his sister, with whom he

feels close to. He thinks of going west and being a

deaf-mute. When he is all packed up to go, he leaves a

note with his sister at the school. She meets him and

tells him that she is going with him. He tells her no.

Then he realizes that the idea of this trip was

unrealistic. He goes home and sees his parents. His

parents enrolled into another school.

III Analysis of the Theme

This story teaches a good lesson on how to deal with

situations in life the right way. In this story Holden

runs from his problems to make them better. I saw all

the trouble that it got him into. First he should have

stayed in school or at least gone home to face his

parents after he was kicked out. Holden was in search of

himself. He wanted to see what he could do or be. He

went about it all the wrong way. He should have applied

himself at the first school that he went to and prevent

so many problems. Then he would go further quicker. I

learned not to run from your problems because they will

always catch up with you.

IV. Character

The main character in this story is Holden. He is

a teenage boy that is having a hard time staying in

school. He is not the conceited type or the really shy

type. He was really confused and had no idea what

direction his life should follow when he went to Pencey

Prep. He had to find out who he was on his little

adventure when he left Pencey. It seemed like everything

depressed him. He really learns fast. In about two days

he went from wondering where he was going to get it all

back together. He realized who and what was important to

him. He is a pretty smart and level headed guy. He

learned quite a bunch on this little adventure. He had

a different way of looking at things than most people.

Everything is really depressing to him. The most

important person in his life is his sister. He had a

few girlfriends along the way, but he did not know how to

get along with them very well.

V. Conclusion

This was a really good novel. It is the type of

book that once you pick it up you cannot put it down. It

has many good characters in this book. The values in

this book are great. It has valuable lessons in it. It

relates to many teenagers. That is probably why it is

popular among high school and college students. I was

really impressed by and enjoyed this book. I definitely

see why it is on the list. I would recommend this book

to all my friends. This is one of the best books that I

have read. This has many life lessons in this book that

I can relate to. The lessons in this book will really

help me later in life. I really enjoyed The Catcher in

the Rye.