Throughout Salinger’s novel Holden is able to accept the dual nature of life because of his memories with his deceased brother Allie, his curiosity distracts him from things that are profane, and the things that are sacred, like Phoebe, keep him from performing profane actions. Holden values his memories with his brother, Allie, almost more than anything else in the novel. Holden remembers Allie through his baseball mitt being one of the only things of Allie’s that he has. Early in the
This doesn’t do much for Troy’s defense, but it shows us what Troy does when he’s put in a corner. Troy turns to the one thing he does know, baseball. What he was trying to explain in this quote is how he has been safe and comfortable for the last eighteen years of his marriage and he was given a chance to do something thrilling and he took it. Troy is trying to compare the thrill of cheating to stealing second base after being safe at first. Troy and Cory in the story are not the loving father-son couple, they hardly see eye to eye on anything.
Big Bucks Ballard was an idiot … he … leaves all the real work to the little guy and… sits back and enjoys the prophets,” (Okay For Now, pg. 152) says Doug’s dad. Doug expects Mr. Big Bucks Ballard to be a jerk and cheap-skate the way his dad describes him to be, but the expectations could not be more opposite of the real thing. While Mr. Ferris and Mr. Powell show Doug kindness by teaching him lessons to get him through life, Mr. Ballard, just as important, acts simply nice to Doug. By giving Doug an orchid to give to his mom, and a new jacket to wear, Mr. Ballard shows Doug only only politeness, but how to give, without expecting anything in return.
This goes off the sense that most good deeds have evil roots. For instance, The reader knows that the narrator is a bad brother when the brother renames him Doodle. The brother says,"It was perhaps the kindest thing I ever did for him because nobody expects much from someone called Doodle" Hurst 8. Renaming a loved one would be an act of kindness but not renaming someone a rude name. He renames him Doodle because his little brother is weak and doesn't do anything; he is invalid.
For example, while Brother and Doodle start telling lies, Brother realizes that, “yes, I must admit it. Doodle could beat me at lying” (559). Most people want to be better then someone else, but Brother didn’t need to think twice about who could lie better, and Brother happily accepts the fact that Doodle is better than him at that. Brother is a pleasurable and honest sibling. with love and respect, Brother thought that, “Doodle was just about the craziest brother a boy ever had… like someone you meet in your dreams” (555).
Biggie’s weight was stopping him from realising his talent and from meeting his love and his friends. One more symbol that I noticed in the book is Biggie’s gift for pitching baseballs and wiffle balls. I believe that this is a symbol because it helps Biggie to get out of the house because it is something that he is good at other than using a computer. If Biggie would not have discovered his talent than he would never have met Courtney and his whole life probably would have been behind a computer
Quiet and unassuming, Gehrig struggled to make friends with many of his colorful and spotlight-hungry Yankee teammates, especially Ruth. But his hardworking nature and ability to play through incredible pain certainly earned their respect, and earned him the nickname "The Iron Horse”. Lou Gehrig diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) shined a light on the condition. Using his skill on the field and his attitude off he has developed a legacy and a name for the disease known today as "Lou Gehrig's disease“. On June 19, 1903 Henry Louis Gehrig was born in New City in the Yorkville Manhattan area.
It warmed my heart reading about how Stanley’s relationship with Zero was so strong that he risks his own life by hijacking Mr. Sir’s truck and briskly setting off to find Zero. Stanley’s expectations weren’t high considering that Zero had been away for days without food, water, or shelter, but when he overheard the Warden and Mr. Sir over talking about how they were going to delete all of Zero’s files and act like he never existed, he knew he made the right choice. Near the end of the book, my feelings about the lines above were reassured to be true when Stanley was officially released back to his lawyer and before leaving he said, “‘I can’t leave Hector.’” (Sachar 219). This caused Ms. Morengo, Stanley’s lawyer, to demand Zero’s files but then discovering that Camp Green Lake was a fraud, forcing it to be shut
As the book starts Holden describes his childhood and how he has been kicked out of several school and once more again from his currently school, giving a sense of irresponsibility and no care in the world. Holden later on mentioned slowly the loss of his brother due to leukemia and how he reacted outrageously by breaking the windows of his garage home. As a reader one would view that behavior as abnormal, but Peter Shaw descried it as a normal behavior for a fictional character in the 1950s and by mentioning that Holden, “is presenting in a somewhat different manner than are the sentimentalized young people in other novels if his period” (par. 3), admitting that Holden was somewhat of an outcast of a character even for its time he is still considered normal. Shaw also challenged the reader’s view of Holden by emphasizing that Holden is not a real person, but a fiction character developed in the 1950s and in fact a mad psychological character is normal and made the reading rather more interesting and acceptable during that time.
Therefore, he believes that children are the only people who aren’t “fake”. In the end, Holden’s infatuation with phoniness boils down to him feeling like he doesn’t fit into a society in which he doesn’t want to conform to fit into. Baer and Gelser agree by stating that, “Reconsidering the concept of therapeutic landscapes in J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” Holden’s main obstacle was staying “a child without defiling childhood by his current reality.” (Baer and Gesler, 410) Similarly, Daniel Mendelsohn states, “one of the novel’s many markers of Holden’s problem, which is a refusal to grow up. The allergy to change, the inability to countenance compromise and the self-congratulatory contempt for anyone who has done so...” (Mendelsohn, 1) Holden reasons people are phonies because he cannot accept the fact that people's behaviors, personalities, and actions will always change when surrounded by other people because it is a force of nature that everyone learns to do so that they can survive in the
The DH hides players deficiency when the whole point of the game of baseball is to use players strengths and weaknesses to evaluate them and draft them to a team to play in games and win. To just hit in a baseball game isn’t truly playing the sport. Play the game, every aspect of the game to bring back the fun of the game it has lost over the
Holden loves little kids because of their innocence and when Pheobe takes out his hat and puts it on him she knows that he does want to leave the feeling of innocence. “Then what she did-it damn near killed me-she reached in my coat pocket and took out my red hunting hat and put it on my head. “ Don’t you want it?” I said. “You can wear it a while.”(pg.212) The last sentence when Phoebe tells Holden that he can keep his hat for a while is saying that she is allowing him to not grow up for now. And that is what kills him because she just granted him or welcomed him back in safe haven.