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Running head: THE CATCHER IN THE RYETHE CATCHER IN THE RYEName of the Student:Name of the UniversityAuthor Note:
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE1Chapter 1-2Setting:The novel opens with the setting of a mental hospital or sanatorium set in southern California.The setting for these two chapters in the flashback looks beck to Pencey Prep. It was aterrible school as recorded by the narrator. The atmosphere of the schools seems to be darkand lifeless like the December air on Thomsen Hill. The narrator describes the evets that tookplace in the Christmas time in the previous year. There is a reference of the field where atraditional season-ending football match took place.Character:Holden Caulfield is the narrator of the novel who is in mental asylum and discloses his lifebefore the readers.There are some obvious signs which point out that Holden is troubled aswell as unreliable narrator.Mr. spencer: he is the former teacher of the school where Holden used to study. He feelsaffection for this particular student and wants to discuss about his failure so that he canfollow the right path in his life.Plot:Holden Caulfield is the protagonist and narrator of the novel The Catcher in The Rye. Theseinitial chapters describe his current states in the mental hospital. The entire novel is thepersonal experience of the narrator which he describes in a cynical voice. His speechesdisclose the fact that some catastrophic happened to him which he does not want to ruminate.However, Holden memorises his past life in his school from where he was expelled forfailure. He eventually visits his former history teacher and asks for advice though he abruptly
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE2leaves Mr. Spencer’s house because he did not enjoy confronting the same theme he wantedto avoid.Literary device:Symbol of life has been used in these chapters. Through Mr. Spencer, this symbol has got acomplete understanding.Quotes:“Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.”This quotation is fromHolden’sconversation with Spencer in Chapter 2. His former historyteacher is pestering him for his failures at his school. It is about playing his own character bythe rules of life.Theme:These two chapters reveals the struggle of the narrator as a psychiatric patient. It records hispast life and beginning of failure in school. he escapes from the education system as well ashis well-wisher’s advice.Chapter 3-5Setting:The setting here is the school hall and dormitory where the narrator lived. It captures animage of average days in the school and his personal interactions with his friends.Character:Ackley: Ackley is described as an ugly boy with poor dental hygiene. He is an irritatingclassmate who is never liked by the narrator.Stradlater: he is also a classmate and outwardly attractive but a secret slob.