Catcher in the Rye Chapters 1-7 Journal entry
a) Plot Development
Holden Caulfield is a 17-year-old adolescent and the protagonist of the novel. He describes the events occurring in 2 days around Christmas time of the previous year. He gets expelled from the Pencey prep school for failing in four subjects. He narrates what happened after he had left the school and why he had left it two days earlier than scheduled day. 2) Conflict
This boy has an ongoing process of conflict in his mind regarding the good and the bad, truth and the lie and the ethical and unethical issues of the adult world.” I will bet a thousand bucks the reason they did that was ........everybody’s mother would ask their darling boy what he had for dinner last night and he’d say “steak”. What a racket.” He believes everyone around him is living in pretense and eventually withdraws himself from the society. He also has a struggle in dealing with his everyday life. 3) Rising Action
Holden never has respect for Academics and schools. He fails in 4 subjects out of 5. He gradually starts hating institutional way of education and he feels it is monotonous, exhausting and unproductive. The only inclination towards studies is his interest in English literature and he is fond of reading various books. He admires his brother D.B who is a writer in Hollywood. Apart from his regular attempts in adjusting to the errs of daily life, he also has a severe dislike for the glibness of his roommate Stradlater who is a womanizer and happens to date Holden’s old friend Jane. Holden has great love for his deceased brother Allie and stradlater happens to end up in a fight with Holden for criticizing his brother Allie. 4) Climax.
Being frustrated by the fabrication and artificiality of the people he happens to vent out his passive aggression on his roommate Stradlater where he receives a bleeding nose for this trouble. 5) Falling action
Holden feels that he has lost the first battle...
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