The Catcher in the Rye is published by the American author J. D Sallinger in 1951. The story is about a teenager Holden Caufield’s turbulent last few days before his Christmas vacation. During these days, Holden leaves Pency Prep, a boys’ school he has been kicked out of and takes off for a few nights alone in New York City. Through this story, he tells about his mental problems and gets some flashbacks to remember his experiences. The story begins at Pency Prep on the day of the big football game. Instead of going to the game, Holden, who has been expelled for failing four of his five classes, visit his history teacher, Mr. Spencer. Mr. Spencer lectures Holden about playing by the rules and thinking about his future. He pretends to listen, but actually he thinks that Mr. Spencer is a “phony. ” Back in his dorm room his roommate, Stradlater, is going out for a date with Jane Gallagher, a girl Holden knows and likes. Holden and Stradlater are coming into a brawl and Holden leaves Pency early same evening. He takes the train to NY where he soon feels lonely and depressed. He starts acting strangely. He wears a red hunting cap everywhere he goes, asks cab drivers what happens to the ducks in the central park lagoon during the winter and wanders around from the hotel lounge to another bar trying to pick up women. Holden feels alone in a depressed world and has hit the bottom. Holden Caulfield is a 16-year-old teenager who has dropped out of school several times. He comes from a wealthy background, which we can see in the way that his parents afford to keep sending him to a new school all the time. Holden does not talk a lot about his parents, but he refers to them in the beginning of the novel as distant and generalizes “(…) my parents would have about two haemorrhages apiece if I told anything personal about them. They’re quite touchy about anything like that, especially my father. They’re nice and all – I’m not saying that – but they’re also touchy as hell” (p. 1 l. 6-10 in the way that he handles his money, which is somewhat carelessly. His parents can also afford to keep sending him to a new school despite the fact hat he drops out of all of them, and his grandmother keeps sending him money for his birthday even though it isn't his birthday. He doesn't talk a lot about his parents, he does however talk a lot about his deceased brother Allie and his younger sister Phoebe. Throughout the entire story Holden is frustrated with and depressed by the world, and the way that people act 'phony' when around certain people. Holden is quick to judge whether or not you're a phony. Many things indicates that he has some sort of mental issue or psychological scar. He's hospitalized, he drops out of four schools despite seeming bright, he's not really able to make a connection with anyone, he is quick to call a person a phony from a firsthand impression, and the only person he is honest with is his sister Phoebe. This could of course also be the cause of him being in puberty, or the two traumas he has experienced earlier in life: the death of Allie (his younger brother) and the suicide of one of his schoolmates. Allie, Holden's younger brother, died due to leukemia in 1946 - when Holden was thirteen and Allie was eleven. From this information we know which year the story takes place, but more importantly we are told that Holden viewed Allie as a sort of saint. According to Holden, Allie might as well be the most intelligent, well behaved, sweetest child on the earth. Allie was an innocent person who hadn't been exposed to From the very first page of the novel, Holden begins to refer to his parents as distant and generalizes “(…) my parents would have about two haemorrhages apiece if I told anything personal about them. They’re quite touchy about anything like that, especially my father. They’re nice and all – I’m not saying that – but they’re also touchy as hell” (p. 1 l. 6-10). Holden’s father is a lawyer and works most of the time while his mothers still is depreesed When it comes to his younger siblings Holden Holden has almost no relationship to his parents. His father is a lawyer and works all the http://www. customessaymeister. com/customessays/Expository%20Essays/4446. htm http://www. litcharts. com/lit/thecatcherintherye/themes The red hunting hat gives the reader an image of Holden. It is a symbol of his uniqueness and individuality. This shows that Holden desires to be different from everyone around him. The colour of the hat is the same colour as Allie’s and Phoebe’s hair. Perhaps Holden associates it with innocence, love and purity he believes these character represent and wears it as a way to connect to them. The title The Catcher in the Rey appears first in chapter 16, when a kid is singing the song Comin’ Thro’ the Rye. In chapter 22, when his sister Phoebe asks him what he wants to do with his life, Holden tells her that he would like to be a catcher in the rye. Here Holden pictures a lot of children playing in a big field of rye around the edge of a cliff. He imagines that he would catch them if they start to go over the cliff. (P. 156 l. 3-12). His dream of becoming a “catcher in the rye” shows that Holden has affection for childhood. He wants to protect the children from dangers and catch them before they fall out of innocence into knowledge of the adult world. But he cannot be the catcher in the rye because it is a hard job. You have to let kids grown up and let things change. This symbolises the ducks in the lake. They are a symbol of his struggle with change and growing up. Holden wants things to stay the same, but the ducks prove that you must adapt to the environment and that you have to change in order to survive. Translation the American author J. D Sallinger has committed this peace of art today to enjoy worldwide fame on basis of a simple novel backwards in 1951. And this is even despite the fact that he since 1965 has released another line, has refused any interview and photography, any performance in the media and with fire and fire and a prosecution have tried to stop all biographies about himself.