In Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, was the ending expected due to the course of the story? In what way does the ending shine light on the ideas presented in the novel? What is its contribution to understanding the meaning of the work?

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At the end of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden is hospitalized for mental health reasons. He says:

"A lot of people, especially this one psychoanalyst guy they have here, keeps asking me if I'm going apply myself when I go back to school next September. It's such a stupid question, in my opinion."

It's clear that even though he's getting therapeutic help, he hasn't changed very much. 

The ending in many ways isn't surprising because at the very beginning of the book, Holden says, "I'll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me around last Christmas just before I got pretty run-down and had to come out here and take it easy." He is referring in an...

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