Major Works Data Sheet Catcher In The Rye

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Mosetta Holmes Name_______________________________ Major Works Data Sheet Title:___________________________ The Catcher in the Rye Biographical information about the author: Notable not only for his writing but also for his private nature, J.D. Salinger is the aloof author of the popular 1951 novel, The Catcher In The Rye. Born on January 1, 1919 in New York City, Salinger would later become one of the most influential 20th century American writers. He was the youngest of two children and the only son of Sol Salinger, a rabbi who sold kosher cheese, and his mother of Scottish decent, Mariam. Not much of a student, Salinger flunked out of the McBurney School in New York and was later sent to Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania.…show more content…
He doesn't abide by society's rules and he certainly does not follow his own rules, seeing that he tends to make them up as he goes along. This forces Holden to act on impulse at times. It is this type of behavior that makes it difficult for people to tolerate Holden or even befriend him. It is also the reason he finds himself lonely very often. ~Throughout the novel the reader witnesses several situations where Holden acted out on pure impulse. His decision to wander around New York was completely out of the blue as were many of his little adventures in the novel. It seems that he finds it difficult staying in one place for an extended period of time. This quote effectively displays this impulsiveness and prepares the reader for other random acts throughout the novel ~These two quotes definitely caught me off guard. They revealed a vulnerable side of Holden. A part of him that fears all things related to change. However, this is strange, considering the fact that Holden is a very random person. An impulsive person of his nature should readily accept change or at least come expect it. It's unusual that Holden would resent it. On the other hand it does make some sense. It's very apparent that Holden has high expectations for his friends. These expectations are nearly impossible to reach at times. In the event that his expectations are met, the person is required to remain that way. If they change in the slightest way they become "phony" to him and he no longer need them. His fear of change is what prevents him from making friends and growing up. ~This quote has a deeper meaning than just catching some kid before they fall off a cliff. Holden wants to save kids before they lose their immature nature. Before they grow up and become 'phony'. It makes sense,seeing that he dreads growing up himself. This seems to be the only thing Holden is passionate about, he hates just about everything else. ~This quote just reinforces

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