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FC: "The Catcher In The Rye" Monomyth Davey Pushard

2: The Call

3: Holden's call was that he was being kicked from the school of Pencey for failing most of his classes. Pencey was a private school that Holden hated going to and he hated most of the people there. Him getting kicked out made him want to run away for a while and relax. He wanted to go around and not deal with the pressures that came with the school (Salinger 4).

4: Refusal of the Call

5: Even though Holden didn't like it at Pencey, he was going to stay there for the time that he was supposed to which was until Christmas vacation. he dealt with his roommates Stradlater and Ackley for a while along with everyone else he disliked. He phony people and being at that school he was constantly harassed by such people. He got into a fight with his roommate Stradlater over a girl and what he might have done with her. He finally left after the fight with Stradlater and thinking over the situation (Salinger 43-44).

6: Supernatural Aid

7: Before Holden decided to run away he went to talk with an old teacher, Mr. Spencer. Mr. Spencer asked him about how he felt about leaving Pencey and confronted him on why he was getting kicked out. He also confronted Holden about his future and whether it mattered to him or not. This helped in Holden's thinking and made him want to run away to get some time to himself (Salinger 7-14).

8: Crossing the Thresh hold

9: Holden leaves Pencey early to have fun and get some time to himself. His goal is to let his parents read the notice that says that he got kicked out and then give them a few days to calm down. He goes to New York and buys a hotel room for a few nights to relax. He wants to get away from all the things he hates about Pencey and the way everyone acts there. He wanted to see real people and have fun (52-53).

10: Road of Trials

11: Holden has many trials on his journey like a situation with three intolerable girls who he was hoping to have fun with (Salinger 70-74). He was also harassed by a man he met in an elevator who cheated him out of money (Salinger 91-103). He also had to sneak into his own home so that he could see his own sister without getting in trouble with his parents (Salinger 158).

12: The Goddess

13: Holden's sister, Phoebe is the goddess in the story. Holden goes back to see her and she puts a more innocent outlook on things into his mind. Being around her made him realize what would make him happy and that would be, being the catcher in the rye. He said he was running away but she said she was going with him. He couldn't take her because he saw how much she had to live for and so he stayed home knowing it would be better for both of them (Salinger 159-180).

14: Apotheosis

15: Holden realizes what he would really like doing for the rest of his life. He wants to be a catcher in the rye, catching children as they run toward the edge of a cliff. He wants to catch all the kids playing a game in a big field of rye and he decides that is what would make him happy. He decides this while talking to his sister Phoebe. He thought of it and came up with it when he remembered the poem but he remembered it wrong. He thought it was "if a body catch a body comin' through the rye" instead of "if a body meet a body comin' through the rye. That is where he thought of being a catcher in the rye (Salinger 173).

16: Master of Two Worlds

17: Holden was going to run away out west so he would never have to go home and would just leave everyone behind to live alone like he had been doing (Salinger 200). He wrote Phoebe and met her to give her the money back that he borrowed and she said she was going to go. The only way he could keep her from running away and destroying her future is to stay home. He realizes that it will end up being better for both of them and it will keep his future together (Salinger 206-207).

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19: Salinger, J.D.. the Catcher in the Rye. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1945.

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