Holden Caulfield, the first-person narrator and protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye, is living in Southern California, in an unspecified institution, probably a private hospital or retreat, while he recalls the events that led up to his moving there. In that regard, the institution can be considered one of the novel’s settings. On page 1, Holden refers to the "crumby place" that "isn’t too far . . . [from] Hollywood" where his brother lives; he is staying there in order to "take it easy" after the "madman stuff" that had happened around Christmas. On the novel’s last page, he mentions a "psychoanalyst."
Within Holden’s narrative, one main setting is the prep school from which he has just been expelled as the novel begins. On page 2, he names Pencey Prep, which is in Agerstown, Pennsylvania.
Several other settings are located within Manhattan, the borough of New York City where Holden lives with his family. In New York, there several settings than can be considered primary,...
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