Please list some of the episodes in the novel? I've read the book but I can not figure out which ones are the episodes.thankyou

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Episodes are simply different changing scenes within a novel or other work, and Holden has a number of such adventures throughout The Catcher in the Rye.

An episode is a part of a dramatic work... a part of a sequence of a body of work, akin to a chapter of a book.

So, the changing events within the novel can be considered episodes. Some of them include Holden's visit to his favorite teacher to say goodbye when he leaves the prep school; Holden's time spent in the dorms with his roommate and dorm mates; and Holden's experiences in New York City, including his run-in with the prostitute and his drinking in the bar. Others include his visit to see his sister while his parents are away; his abrupt withdrawal from his teacher's house after he suspects possible sexual misconduct; and his date in the city the next day.

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I am not sure what you mean by episodes, but I am assuming you might be referring to the various story lines or encounters in the novel. If so, there are several.

  1. The beginning, where Holden learns he is being expelled from Pencey. He is about to leave for Christmas vacation, but gets into a fight with Stradlater over Jane, and decides to leave early.
  2. Holden heads to New York on the train. He meets the mother of a classmate on the train and tells her made-up stories about what a good kid her son is.
  3. Holden arrives in New York and checks himself into a hotel. He has many encounters here that can be considered the "New York" episode - with Faith, the girls in the bar, the prostitute in the room, encounter with Sally, etc.
  4. Holden meets with his sister Phoebe in New York.
  5. Holden meets with his former teacher Mr. Antolini in New York.

If you read the analysis here on eNotes, you will see it is divided into three sections - perhaps you are looking for something less detailed than the above.

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