Catcher In The Rye Setting Analysis

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In the The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, the author creates two very different settings. One of the settings in this book is Pencey preparatory school in Agerstown. PA. This setting represents innocence because the main character Holden Caulfield in a controlled environment. On page 1 when Holden is introducing himself he says ” I didn't know anybody there that was splendid and clear-thinking” This show what Holden feels about Pencey. In New York City Holden experiences being rebellious and has no one controlling him because he is on his own. New York City represents impureness for Holden. The way Holden experiences all the freedom results with a break down and he ends up in an asylum. Holden Caulfield is an innocent kid who doesn't know how to control his feelings. At Pencey Prep, Holden kind of contemplate about loneliness by himself and only talk to two people his roommate Stradlater and student who lives across the hall named Robert Ackley. One of the signs that shows immaturity is how Holden gets in a fight with…show more content…
One example that goes on throughout the book that show him being mentally unstable is how he calls everything phony. Holden says depressed approximately 13 times in the book, but the most memorable part in the book when he uses the word depressing is because of the Sally the girl he had a date with. "Boy, was she depressing me.” This makes no sense because she was the one being enthusiastic and excited. Another example that makes Holden end up in an asylum is because he is very internal and talks his mind. For example when Holden is on the date with Sally he makes her cry and then starts laughing at her. In Chapter 17 Holden says to Sally “You're honestly a royal pain in the ass.” This is not commonly said when you're on a date with someone therefore, this shows that Holden doesn't know how to control

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