Life, it turns out, is not always beautiful – it can be dangerous. It resembles a tightly rope stretched over an abyss. Right – left – up – down. Where we will be, walking on it, clenching our teeth with fear and balancing our hands so as not to fall, stay.
Now on it goes my age – seventeen-year-old American schoolboy Holden Caulfield. More precisely, not a schoolboy – again not a schoolboy, once again expelled from the regular school for underachieving. Parents still do not know anything about this. He does not want to burden them with himself. They are engaged in the education of their youngest daughter and have not yet recovered from the death of their eldest son. Holden decides to return home only after parents receive a notice of his expulsion
Pansy – an institution that was considered very prestigious, and in fact, according to Holden, was “vile.” The director was fond of rich parents and did not bother to notice the poor. They did not eat well here, but on Sundays, on the parental day, steaks were sure to be.
The case, in which Holden was, bore the name of a former graduate who donated a “lot of money” to Pensi. It does not matter what he earned them on the dead – opening a funeral home, “through which you can bury your relatives cheaply – five dollars from the nose.”
Holden with disgust and bewilderment learned from him that talking with Christ can not be like with the Most High, but in a friendly way, almost tainted. The young man vividly imagined how this school patron asked Christ “to send him more deceased.” In a hotel where Holden had to spend one night, he first learns the wrong side of life, faces a pimp and a prostitute who, in addition to humiliation, steals him.
The soul of Holden is harassed in search of purity and support. He hopes to find all this in the adult world and does not find it.
Dr. Termer tries to convince the young man that life is a game in which one must act according to certain rules. Holden believes that in this game he plays in a
Though for a moment he wants to forget himself. And he again plunges into the world of adults. This time it’s a movie. But on the screen, he sees a terrible reality in his triviality – ostentatious passions, ostentatious breaking – “linden, from which the ladies cry.”
Holden can not understand the world of adults. He recalls the death of his beloved brother Allie, who went to his grave twice with his parents. And then he stopped. After I saw how in the rain everyone rushed to their cars, forgetting about the dead. Holden just hates the idea that you can switch right now, turn on the radio in the car, go somewhere to have dinner and warm yourself. He calls it “unbearable swinishness”.
The same “swinishness” meets the young man and in the school where the sister Phoebe is studying – the only thing dear to him. He is trying to erase the eraser with ruffles on the walls, but he is afraid that if adults see, they will decide that he wrote it.
Holden can be sincere only with Phoebe and with himself. That is why the novel is a confession, the inner monologue of an adult in the most difficult life-pass. This kind of travel Holden people and schools something reminded me a little bit of the journey of the Little Prince on different planets. Both of them will see in the world of adults a lot of evil, injustice, dirt and misunderstanding. The Little Prince had a Rose, Holden had Phoebe. But Holden did not have a friend, Fox, who could hear him.
No, Holden will never be the same as the adults who met him on his way. He suddenly realizes that his mission is to save those who are “over the precipice in the rye.”
What a fine man this four-year-old boy, excluded for lack of progress, should become!