Examples Of Quest In Catcher In The Rye

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According to Thomas Foster, quests in literature contain five elements: (a) a quester; (b) a place to go; (c) a reason to go there; (d) challenges and trials on the way; and (e) a real reason to go there. The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger, exemplifies this model extremely well. According to Foster, “a quester is just a person who goes on a quest, whether or not he knows it’s a quest. In fact, usually he doesn’t know.” Holden’s journey perfectly exemplifies Foster’s model because he embarks on the quest without knowing he is embarking on a formal quest. Holden is kicked out of Pencey Prep after he fails out of four of five classes, the fifth class being English. In the novel, it would appear that Holden does not care about his classes and in turn fails them. However, Holden is able to keep a steady grade in English because he had taken the same class the year before, at the Whooton School and only needs to write compositions once in a while.…show more content…
Holden finds out he is being expelled from Pencey, and uses this as an excuse to get out of school early, return to NYC and visit old friends, teachers and eventually his family. Later in the novel, Holden states he wants to go home after he talks to Phoebe and realizes how much he loves her and the rest of his family. Holden tells himself he is going home to see and embrace his family. Holden receives notice that he is being expelled before Christmas vacation and subsequently leaves the school without telling anyone and thinking twice. He arrives in New York, books a hotel and walks around the city aimlessly. In the city, Holden meets old friends, goes on a date and eventually builds the courage to go

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