Salinger, is one of the most well-known coming-of-age novels in American literature.
The novel begins with the narrator, Holden Caulfield, describing his experience as a student at Pencey Prep.
The story depicts a week in the life of Holden, a week full of events and encounters that permanently change his life forever. Holden is a very insecure teenager desperately trying to connect with someone.
Because he is immature he has problems understanding the adult world and has difficulty relating to his peers.
He tells Phoebe that he has a fantasy of being the "catcher in the rye" who catches children when they fall off a cliff while playing. Antolini is patting his head; Holden becomes disturbed and leaves.
When his parents come home, Holden leaves and travels to his former teacher Mr. The next day, Holden takes Phoebe to the zoo and watches as she rides the carousel: his first true experience of happiness in the story. Intelligent, emotional, and desperately lonely, Holden is the epitome of an unreliable narrator. He uses the word to describe most of the people and places he encounters.Holden writes the essay about his late brother Allie's baseball glove.(Allie died of leukemia years prior.) Stradlater does not like the essay, and refuses to tell Holden whether he and his date had sex.It does not matter to us, whether you are too busy at work, concentrating on a passion project, or simply tired of a seemingly infinite flow of assignments.We will take care of them, and for a reasonable price, as we understand that students usually don’t have a lot of money to spare.His adventures are consistently focused on making some sort of human connection. For Holden, death is abstract; what Holden fears about death is the change that it brings.Holden uses alienation to protect himself from mockery and rejection, but his loneliness drives him to keep trying to connect. Holden continuously wishes for things to remain unchanged, and to be able to go back to better times—a time when Allie was alive.Upset, Holden leaves campus and travels to New York City. He makes arrangements with the elevator operator to have a prostitute named Sunny visit his room, but when she arrives, he becomes uncomfortable and tells her that he just wants to talk to her.Sunny and her pimp, Maurice, demand more money and Holden gets punched in the stomach.He has been expelled after failing most of his classes.His roommate, Stradlater, wants Holden to write an essay for him so that he can go on a date.