The Catcher in the Rye2



The Catcher in the Rye is about a man named Holden Caulfield, who is narrating the
story. Holden is in a psychiatric hospital in California, where at the given moment he was
spending his time. He then had a flashback of when he was a young man at the age of
sixteen. The story starts off at Pencey Prep, Holden\'s present school at which he was
flunking out of. Holden had only a few more days before his expulsion from Pencey, so he
had been paying his final dues to his admired instructors, such as Mr. Spencer, Holden’s
elderly History teacher. After spending some bothersome hours with Mr. Spencer, Holden
returned to his room in Ossenburger Memorial Hall. There he was visited by Robert
Ackley whom he disliked with a great passion, however he still had a conversation with
him about school matters. While having an unpleasant discussion with Ackley, the
conversation was then soon interrupted by Ward Stradlater, Holden’s roommate.
Stradlater notified Holden that he was going on a date with Jane Gallagher that night, an
old girlfriend of Holden’s.
Holden had agreed to write a paper for Stradlater while he was on the date. After
eating dinner, Holden began to write the paper and while doing so, became immersed in
old memories of his brother Allie whom he loved dearly, but sadly had passed away. When
Stradlater had arrived back at the dorm, Holden interrogated him about the date he had
with Jane hoping that Stradlater and Jane did not have a sexual interlude with each other.
Stradlater was upset by Holden’s line of questioning and the two boys ended up in a
confrontation and physical fight together. Holden lost the altercation trying to protect his
old girlfriend. After the fight that Holden had with Stradlater, he attempted, without
success, to befriend Ackley, for he didn’t want to leave Pency Prep without a friend.
However it seemed that Ackley was neither interested nor concerned about the fight that

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the two roommates had together. Inevitably, Holden decided to leave Pencey early and
stay in New York until the day that he intended to arrive at home had approached.
On the train ride to New York Holden met a mother of student that attended
Pencey. While he had been maintaining a ‘nice’ conversation with the woman, Holden
soon had found him self lying about his self and the woman’s son just so he could seem to
be gregarious and benevolent, meantime he was snickering at him self that he was being
the phony that he had always rejected and found to be repulsive. After he had reached his
destination at the New York Penn Station, Holden had contemplated on calling someone,
but then had determined that it was too late. Holden then took a taxi to an older hotel in
which he received a rather ‘crummy’ room. Once in his room, he called a girl by the name
of Faith Cavendish. He was given her phone number, and when in conversation with her,
he again seemed to be phony, acting suave and sophisticated, as he had done with the
woman on the train.
While sitting wide awake late on a Saturday night, in his room, Holden had a long
divagation whether or not to call Phoebe, his little sister for whom he had high respect for
and also wanted to go see. Because he is very much astir at the moment, and not at all
drowsy, Holden went down the Lavender Room, a club at the hotel. When entering the
club, Holden was put at a deficient table and is not even able to order a drink. He ended
up sitting with three women who were secretaries from Seattle Washington . Holden
bought drinks and danced with the girls, although after the whole evening they ended up
leaving him with the check, without so much as a thank you. Holden then went to the
lobby of the hotel and for a while thought about Jane Gallagher and a summer that the two
of them had spent together. After being confused and disturbed about Jane, him and
Stradlater, Holden decided to go to another night club in Greenwich Village. It was a club
that his older brother, D.B., had taken him. D.B. was in California being a prostitute.
When he came to the club he met a girl named Lillian Simmons, who had in fact dated
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D.B. Holden also considered that girl to be a phony and an imbecile,