Catcher in the Rye: Character Analysis

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Chad Fitzgerald Mr. Kester English 102 11/19/12 Character Analysis of Holden Caulfield in "The Catcher in the Rye" J.D. Salinger was born on January 1, 1919, in New York City. Salinger was the youngest of two and the only boy born to his parents, Sol and Miriam Salinger. Salinger was always considered intelligent, however he flunked out of the McBurney School near his home in upper west New York. After flunking out of school, his parents decided to send him to Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania (Haudgruff; Salinger). After graduating military school, Salinger returned home and attended New York University for a year before heading to Europe. Salinger was greatly encouraged by his father to study business and to learn another language during his stay in Europe. However, Salinger would pay much more attention to language than business. Upon returning to New York, Salinger made another attempt at college, he attended Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and then later transferred to Columbia University in New York. At Columbia University Salinger met a very influential professor named Whit Burnett. Burnett urged Salinger to write, since he could tell he had a talent for it. Since Whit Burnett was also the editor of Story magazine, Salinger's first published works would appear very quickly (Salinger). Salinger's life and career was just taking off, when, World War II began and interrupted everything. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Salinger was drafted into the army. He would end up serving from 1942-1944 and see plenty of action in the field including the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. War took a heavy toll on Salinger, he would be discharged and hospitalized for having suffered a nervous breakdown. No one is sure of the details of his stay at the hospital. One thing that did result from his stay at the hospital, however,

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