Holden is not acting like an adult throughout the book, every time something unusual happens he thinks about killing the person behind the event. He is full of hatred and anger throughout the story. Holden’s old friend Jane Gallagher is dating his roommate, Stradlater who is considered to be a phony by Holden. He thinks about killing him because he cares a lot about Jane. (“I tried to sock him, with all my might, right smack in the toothbrush, so it would
From chapter 3, we hear Holden describing himself as such: ‘I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life.’ That in itself may not amount to more than an assertion, but Holden goes on to provide supporting examples: in his conversation with Ernest Morrow’s mother on the train in chapter 8, Holden makes up an entire story about how ‘shy and modest’ Ernest is at school. In chapter 17, when he’s on a date with an old friend, Sally Hayes, he unreasonably lies about his intentions and feelings. ‘I told her (Sally) I loved her and all. It was a lie, of course, but the thing is, I meant it when I said it.’ (chapter 17) ‘I don't even know why I started all that stuff with her (Sally). I mean about going away somewhere, to Massachusetts and Vermont and all.
(his older brother). Or simply anyone who fits into society norms, for example, Sally Hayes. Holden’s obsession stems from his fear that he may become a phony one day. So, he spends the book running from adulthood by doing childish things and struggling to keep his life from changing. We see Holden’s fear of phonies shine throughout The Catcher in the Rye.
The perception of authenticity can be described as the notion that people ask questions about the substance of directorial standards of society, and consequently they discard certain behavioural enigmas of the society which they belong to. (Khaladkar).Holden dislikes being an inauthentic and displays aggravation towards ignorance, immorality, superficiality and hypocrisy; subsequently he begins his existential quest for authenticity. Holden reacts against privileged predators such as Stradlater Ward in Chapter 6, where he describes Stradlater as “ Youre a dirty stupid sonuvabitch of a moron’’ which lead to the fight between him and Stradlater.
Rationale The catcher in the rye Title: What if the story ended different? Type of text: Alternative ending to the text Purpose: To show how a small change in choice could affect holden’s life The Catcher in the Rye is about Holden Caulfield, a 16-year-old boy from New York. The novel starts with Holden, writing in his book, hinting that he is in some sort of mental facility .Even though he comes from a wealthy family,because of his loss of interest in studies,and low grades, he gets expelled from all schools he has studied in .Holden leaves his final school, Pency Prep and decides that he will stay in New York City until his parents learn of his expulsion and “cool down” .Most of the novel is dedicated to Holden’s time in the city, Holden lives in a hotel room for a few days during his stay .Holden then starts meeting with people that he used know, some strangers and goes to places with. From his conversations, he
This is similar to Fahrenheit 451 when Guy Montag was trying to figure out why they burn books and what is in the books. He is also figuring out who he wants to become. If he wants to be life beete, burning books for the rest of his life or be like Granger and study what is in the books. Henderson is also similar to Walter Lee Younger in A Raisin in the Sun. In Henderson the Rain King Henderson tells his first wife, Frances that he wants to become a doctor and she just laughs at him.
In the story “7th grade” by Gary Soto, Victor embarreses himself many time on his first day of seventh grade and learns, to not blurt out without thinking. For example, Victor’s English teacher, Mr. Lucas asked Victor for a noun and he said Theresa. This shows that, Victor says Theresa because he was thinking about Theresa. He made a fool of himself by saying Theresa's name in English. In conclusion Victor made a fool of himself by blurting out Teresa's name instead of thinking about what to say.
In the book, The Catcher in The Rye, Holden Caulfield narrates his journey from his expulsion from high school to New York. In the beginning of the book, Holden Caulfield is very apathetic to his academics and fails out of school; however, by the end of the book, Caulfield begins to realize this through his conversations with his teachers Mr. Spencer and Mr. Antolini. A major change Holden experiences are when Phoebe asks to run away with him. He denies her request aggressively and makes her cry which goes against his beliefs of keeping the innocence of children intact and refraining from stopping their fun. Caulfield also changes in his philosophy of being “the catcher in the rye” when at the carousel, he says that he feels children should be left to grab the gold rings at the carousel.
By using these symbols the author shows the literary ability of being able to skillfully use symbols as a tool. The first symbols that Salinger uses to convey his message is the red hunting hat. The main character of the novel Holden Caulfield has an iconic and important red and black hunting hat which he frequently wears in different situations for more than just its obvious use as a hat. Holden is a very secluded character and is very critical of the individualistic society that he lives in, often criticizing others for not being themselves and being “phonies”. Even the way that Holden acquired the hat is special and symbolic of Holden and the theme of the novel.
To add on, in the novel, Holden wears a red hunting hat whenever he feels awkward or when he is in a weird situation. The red hunting is seen as a symbol of protection towards Holden.’’I was sort of crying. I don’t know why. I put on my red hunting hat on and turned the peak around the back, the way I liked it, and then I yelled at the top my goddamn lungs,’’ is a quote from chapter seven and it shows how the hat protects him from the darkness and phonies of the real-life world. Holden feels as if the hat is a sort of armor and he becomes indomitable when he wears it.