Catcher In The Rye Summer Reading Analysis

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Honors American Literature A Summer Reading Assignment Part A

In the book The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger, the main character Holden Caulfield is on a journey back to his home in New York. Holden’s stated reason for returning is the fact that he has been kicked out of Pencey Prep Academy, and must return home. Many challenge and trials occur on his route, mainly when he tries to open up to people about his fears concerning adulthood and isn’t met with the reaction he desires. The real reason for the quest lies within the struggles Holden faces along the way, and his quest for personal knowledge about adulthood and preserving innocence. Holden Caulfield’s struggles begin early on in the novel. After being kicked out of Pencey, he goes to a hill rather than the football game and states facts about his mistake concerning the fencing team’s equipment. After leaving the equipment on the subway, he feels regret because he managed to lose the competition without being on the team. Holden narrates this part in the past tense rather than the present tense. Any writing teacher would tell you that this is incorrect because past tense creates distance from the reader while present tense is much more immediate and easily hooks the reader. Holden uses this supposedly wrong
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