Catcher in the Rye

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  • Pencey Prep. School
  • I'm not gonna tell you my whole autobiography or anything.
  • Not another school
  • You're failing four of your classes Holden, I'm going to have to EXPEL YOU.
  • Catcher in the Rye starts off with a 17 year old teenager named Holden Caufield. He's in a mental treatment center, and starts off the book by talking about his brother, and how he wants to start by talking about the day that he left his school, Pencey Prep.
  • Holden is expelled from his fourth school because he's failing four of his five classes. Holden isn't supposed to return home until Christmas Break, so he has no clue where he's gonna go.
  • Hey, do you know where the ducks go to in the Winter when the lake freezes up?
  • While everyone's down at the football game, Holden is alone next to a "Crazy Cannon" on a hill. Holden wanted to have a sort of Good-Bye. This shows the theme 'Loneliness', and 'Alienation' as a form as Self-Protection, as it's seen all throughout the book.
  • Holden writes an English Compostion for his room-mate, Stradlater. Holden puts on his red hunting hat (the hat symbolizes comfort, safety & protection) and writes about Allie's old baseball glove.
  • Holden gets into a cab and asks the cab driver where the ducks in Central Park fly to in the winter. The cab driver gets annoyed and drops Holden off at a hotel where he checks in. This shows the symbolism of the Ducks and the theme of 'Loss of Innocence', the pain of growing up. This is a theme for Holden because he wonders where he will be/what he'll do when he's older.
  • Holden brings Phoebe to the park, and buys her a ticket to ride the Carousel. Phoebe then puts Holden's red hunting hat back in his coat pocket, then he puts it on, and starts crying, but tears of happiness. This shows the theme of 'Innocence' and the symbolism of the Red Hunting Hat.
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