Catcher In The Rye The Catcher in the Rye is about a man named Holden Caulfield, who is narrating the story. Holden is in a psychiatric hospital in California, where at the given moment he was spending his time. He then had a flashback of when he was a young man at the age of sixteen. The story starts off at Pencey Prep, Holden’s present school at which he was flunking out of. Holden had only a few more days before his expulsion from Pencey, so he had been paying his final dues to his admired instructors, such as Mr.
Spencer, Holdens elderly History teacher. After spending some bothersome hours with Mr. Spencer, Holden returned to his room in Ossenburger Memorial Hall. There he was visited by Robert Ackley whom he disliked with a great passion, however he still had a conversation with him about school matters. While having an unpleasant discussion with Ackley, the conversation was then soon interrupted by Ward Stradlater, Holdens roommate. Stradlater notified Holden that he was going on a date with Jane Gallagher that night, an old girlfriend of Holdens. Holden had agreed to write a paper for Stradlater while he was on the date.
After eating dinner, Holden began to write the paper and while doing so, became immersed in old memories of his brother Allie whom he loved dearly, but sadly had passed away. When Stradlater had arrived back at the dorm, Holden interrogated him about the date he had with Jane hoping that Stradlater and Jane did not have a sexual interlude with each other. Stradlater was upset by Holdens line of questioning and the two boys ended up in a confrontation and physical fight together. Holden lost the altercation trying to protect his old girlfriend. After the fight that Holden had with Stradlater, he attempted, without success, to befriend Ackley, for he didnt want to leave Pency Prep without a friend. However it seemed that Ackley was neither interested nor concerned about the fight that Page 2 the two roommates had together.
Inevitably, Holden decided to leave Pencey early and stay in New York until the day that he intended to arrive at home had approached. On the train ride to New York Holden met a mother of student that attended Pencey. While he had been maintaining a nice conversation with the woman, Holden soon had found him self lying about his self and the womans son just so he could seem to be gregarious and benevolent, meantime he was snickering at him self that he was being the phony that he had always rejected and found to be repulsive. After he had reached his destination at the New York Penn Station, Holden had contemplated on calling someone, but then had determined that it was too late. Holden then took a taxi to an older hotel in which he received a rather crummy room. Once in his room, he called a girl by the name of Faith Cavendish.
He was given her phone number, and when in conversation with her, he again seemed to be phony, acting suave and sophisticated, as he had done with the woman on the train. While sitting wide awake late on a Saturday night, in his room, Holden had a long divagation whether or not to call Phoebe, his little sister for whom he had high respect for and also wanted to go see. Because he is very much astir at the moment, and not at all drowsy, Holden went down the Lavender Room, a club at the hotel. When entering the club, Holden was put at a deficient table and is not even able to order a drink. He ended up sitting with three women who were secretaries from Seattle Washington . Holden bought drinks and danced with the girls, although after the whole evening they ended up leaving him with the check, without so much as a thank you. Holden then went to the lobby of the hotel and for a while thought about Jane Gallagher and a summer that the two of them had spent together.
After being confused and disturbed about Jane, him and Stradlater, Holden decided to go to another night club in Greenwich Village. It was a club that his older brother, D.B., had taken him. D.B. was in California being a prostitute. When he came to the club he met a girl named Lillian Simmons, who had in fact dated Page 3 D.B.
Holden also considered that girl to be a phony and an imbecile, like most of the world. He left the club and walked back to the hotel in the exquisite night atmosphere. On the way up the elevator, back to his room in the hotel, Holden was set up with a prostitute by Maurice the elevator man. When the prostitute arrived at Holdens room, Holden become too apprehensive and embarrassed about the situation. Once she was there though Holden changed his mind and wanted to just converse with the prostitute who didn’t know what to do. She ended up leaving after an argument over the money that was to be paid for her service.
Holden did not pay her the rest of the money, and because of that, Maurice later came back with the prostitute, he took the rest of money that Holden presumably “owed” him and beat him leaving Holden severely aggravated and depraved. After Maurice and the prostitute left, Holden felt so despondent and melancholy that he even thought about committing suicide. Sunday morning Holden met two nuns in a subway restaurant and gave them a donation and ended up having a extremely enjoyable conversation with them. Later that afternoon, Holden arranged to have a date with Sally Hayes but then went to the park hoping to see his sister Phoebe. He didn’t see his sister, but he did help a child with his skates and in doing so he was brought back memories of when he was a child . He went from the park to his date, for which he was early.
The date ended up going horribly and then he asked Sally if she would run away with him and that caused her to leave him crying. After his date, Holden went to get a sandwich and tried to contact Jane on the phone, but there was no answer. So instead, Holden went to a bar with Luce a student from Columbia that he knew. Luce acted as though Holden was still a child , and though Holden hated it he remained polite. After Luce left, Holden rode around in a cab for a some time, and then decided to go see Phoebe in the middle of the night. Holden had worked his way into the apartment of his parents went in and wake Phoebe up.
She was Page 4 rather astonished to see him and questioned his reasons for being there. He lied to her, being the phony and a liar that he is. He then had a good talk with her about school and people and everything else on the face of the earth. It was very apparent that Holden liked his sister very much. Eventually, Holden’s parents came home from their party and he was almost caught at home. Finally he gets out though and ends up at Mr. Antolini’s house, his favorite teacher.
With Mr. Antolini Holden got some advise that was very meaningful to him even though Mr. Antolini was drunk at the time. The respect that Mr. Antolini obtained was quite impressive coming from Holden, for Holden was usually demeanor with people. Holden had spent the night on the couch at Mr. Antolini’s house because he was so courteous to Holden. Holden then spent the next day attempting to leave town but because of Phoebe was incapable, for he wanted so much to spend time with her. Finally he had put her on a carousel and sat down in the rain and started to cry out of disappointment/frustration/anger/joy whichever, because he was just a confused little boy.
The story ended with Holden back in the institution being disrespectful to people again as was before and still being in being in the same state of mind that it started with.