The work reveals the interest of its twenty-five-year-old author in history, customs, and etymology; the burlesquing of several literary styles—his notebook supplies the names of some of the authors parodied, names now largely forgotten—reveals Irving as a literary critic.
Chapter 1 Holden Caulfield writes his story from a rest home to which he has been sent for therapy. He refuses to talk about his early life, mentioning only that his brother D. He hints that he is bitter because D. He then begins to tell the story of his breakdown, beginning with his departure from Pencey Prep, a famous school he attended in Agerstown, Pennsylvania.
The Saturday before Christmas vacation begins, Holden stands on Thomsen Hill overlooking the football field, where Pencey plays its annual grudge match against Saxon Hall. He fondly remembers throwing a football with friends even after it grew dark outside.
Holden walks away from the game to go say goodbye to Mr. Spencer, a former history teacher who is very old and ill with the flu. Spencer and his wife in a manner that suggests he is close to them. In his sickroom, Spencer tries to lecture Holden about his academic failures.
Although Spencer clearly feels affection for Holden, he bluntly reminds the boy that he flunked him, and even forces him to listen to the terrible essay he handed in about the ancient Egyptians. Finally, Spencer tries to convince Holden to think about his future.
Not wanting to be lectured, Holden interrupts Spencer and leaves, returning to his dorm room before dinner. Chapters 1—2 Holden Caulfield is the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye, and the most important function of these early chapters is to establish the basics of his personality.
From the beginning of the novel, Holden tells his story in a bitterly cynical voice. The particularities of his story are in keeping with his cynicism and his boredom. Salinger thus treats his narrator as more than a mere portrait of a cynical postwar rich kid at an impersonal and pressure-filled boarding school.
Even in these early chapters, Holden connects with life on a very idealistic level; he seems to feel its flaws so deeply that he tries to shield himself with a veneer of cynicism. The Catcher in the Rye is in many ways a book about the betrayal of innocence by the modern world; despite his bitter tone, Holden is an innocent searching desperately for a way to connect with the world around him that will not cause him pain.
In these early chapters, the reader already begins to sense that Holden is not an entirely reliable narrator and that the reality of his situation is somehow different from the way he describes it.
In part this is simply because Holden is a first-person narrator describing his own experiences from his own point of view.
Holden seems to be looking for reasons not to listen to Spencer.Summary Chapter 1.
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She begins these contrasts in the very first paragraph. Abstract.
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