Catcher in the Rye and 1950s Television

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J.D. Salingerís novel The Catcher in the Rye depicts life in the fifties as seen through the eyes of a disillusioned teenager. There is a vast difference between the life of a real 1950s family and that of a typical family portrayed through the television sitcoms of the day. The Catcher in the Rye is filled with examples that demonstrate how different real societies are. In the fifties, quaint and perfect families dominated …

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…life was not perfect, his life was very difficult at times. Bad things happened to him, and unfortunately his mother was not perfect, she was human. There was a baby boom and Rock and Roll was born; War was raging in Korea and young men and women were going over to fight, some were never coming home. Veterans from World War II were home and trying to make a living for themselves and their families.