The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. SALINGER

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"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like . . . and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth" (1)
David Copperfield covers the majority of Copperfield's life from child to adulthood but Holden is saying that he isn't going to do the same (presumably he doesn't want to or doesn't think it necessary) - he just tells the reader about his present experiences.
“The whole team ostracized me the whole way back on the train. It was pretty funny, in a way” (3). Holden watched the football game alone far away from others, justifying the fact by stating that his fencing team ostracized him on the train.
"I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by . . . I don't care if it's a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. If you don't, you feel even worse". (4) Although Holden was being kicked out, and did not care much about being kicked out, he felt he needed some sort of goodbye before he left, because he dislikes the feeling of leaving without anyone noticing him leaving at all. He doesn’t care if it is good or bad, he just wants to be recognized.

"People never notice anything" (9)
Holden believes that people don’t notice anything, especially about him. He states that people say he should act his age, when in reality he believes that he acts older than his age.
"'I'm just going through a phase right now. Everybody goes through phases and all, don't they?'" (15).
Holden went to say goodbye to one of his teachers Mr. Spencer, but soon after being lectured onto applying himself, Holden grew tired of hearing Mr. Spencer and was making excuses to what was going on. Holden just wanted to ease his way out of the conversation and get out of

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