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The Catcher in the Rye

             Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, the first person .
             narration is critical in helping the reader to know and understand .
             the main character, Holden Caulfield. Holden, in his narration, .
             relates a flashback of a significant period of his life, three days .
             and nights on his own in New York City. Through his narration, .
             Holden discloses to the reader his innermost thoughts and feelings. .
             He thus provides the reader not only with information of what .
             occurred, but also how he felt about what happened.
             Holden's thoughts and ideas reveal many of his character .
             traits. One late Saturday night, four days before the beginning of .
             school vacation, Holden is alone, bored and restless, wondering .
             what to do. He decides to leave Pencey, his school, at once and .
             travels to New York by train. He decides that, once in New York, .
             he will stay in a cheap motel until Wednesday, when he is to return .
             home. His plan shows the reader how very impetuous he is and how .
             he acts on a whim. He is unrealistic, thinking that he has a .
             foolproof plan, even though the extent of his plans are to "take a .
             room in a hotel., and just take it easy till Wednesday." .
             Holden's excessive thoughts on death are not typical of most .
             adolescents. His near obsession with death might come from having .
             experienced two deaths in his early life. He constantly dwells on .
             Allie, his brother's, death. From Holden's thoughts, it is obvious .
             that he loves and misses Allie. In order to hold on to his brother .
             and to minimize the pain of his loss, Holden brings Allie's .
             baseball mitt along with him where ever he goes. The mitt has .
             additional meaning and significance for Holden because Allie had .
             written poetry, which Holden reads, on the baseball mitt. Holden's .
             preoccupation with death can be seen in his contemplation of a dead .
             classmate, James Castle. It tells the reader something about .
             Holden that he lends his turtleneck sweater to this classmate, with .

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