Pencey Prep In Catcher In The Rye

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“If you want to know the truth… I’m sorry I told so many people about it… Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody”( 234). The Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a coming-of-age story about the 16-year-old protagonist, Holden Caulfield. The story is told a year after everything occurred while he is talking to someone in California. It takes place in December before he goes on break at New York City after he gets expelled from Pencey Prep, a prestigious rich school. While Holden attempts to belong, he isolates himself in the process and that is displayed through his time at Pencey Prep as well as the beginning and end og his New York journey.
While at Pencey Prep, Holden isolates himself. Once he comes back from the fencing meet, on the night of the football game with Saxon Hall, Holden decides not to join his classmates. Holden states, “I remember around three o'clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill… You could see the whole field from there and you could see the two teams bashing each other all over the place… you could hear them all yelling” (4-5). This quote shows that Holden stares at them all while they are watching the game and enjoying themselves. He decides to isolate himself rather than connecting with all of them even though he has the opportunity. Another example of Holden’s isolation occurs when he explains why he gets kicked out of school. He says, “They kicked me out. I wasn’t suppose to come back
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Holden has a hard time belong somewhere or with someone so he acts the part of not caring which can lead to his isolation. Holden isolates himself thinking he will protect himself from the harsh feeling of rejection or others judgment. Throughout the book concrete evidence is shown of Holden struggling to belong and Holden isolating himself from the reality that is in front of