Perla Cruz Rosario September 4, 2015 The Catcher in the Rye 1. Chapter 1 Quote: “I remember around three o’clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill, right next to this crazy cannon that was in the Revolutionary War and all. You could see the whole field from there, and you could see the two teams bashing each other all over the place.” (Salinger 2) 1. Chapter 1 Quote Explanation: While everyone is at the game interacting with each other, Holden is detached and distant. His aloof personality is contradictory to his desire to say goodbye when leaving places that he mentions on page 4. 2. Chapter 2 Question: What makes Holden so uncomfortable about the smell of Vicks Nose Drops and Mr. Spencer’s bathrobe …show more content…
Chapter 2 Analysis: Holden states that he does not mind being lectured, what really unsettles him is the smell of his teacher’s nose drops and seeing his pajamas and bathrobe. Those three things all represent growing up which is what Holden is afraid of. 3. Chapter 3 Quote: "I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible." (Salinger 16) 3. Chapter 3 Quote Explanation: It's ironic how Holden is so quick to lie about things that there is no reason to lie about yet he continuously calls everyone around him a phony. 4. Chapter 4 Question: Why was Holden so nervous about Stradlater going on a date with Jane? He shows no indication that he is jealous yet he is uncomfortable with them being together. 4. Chapter 4 Analysis: It does not seem like Stradlater genuinely likes Jane. While Holden is ranting on about her Stradlater only shows interest when Holden mentions her step father walking around naked in front of her. This shows that Stradlater only views Jane in a sexual way which is what makes Holden nervous about them being …show more content…
Chapter 13 Quote: “It’s no fun to be yellow. Maybe i’m not all yellow. I dont know. I think Maybe i’m just partly yellow and partly the type that doesn't give much of a damn if they lose their gloves.” (Salinger 89) 13. Chapter 13 Quote Explanation: Holden is admitting that he is a coward. If somebody stole his gloves he would not have the courage to do anything but try to talk it out with the other person. He would not get physical. 14. Chapter 14 Question: Although Holden does not say it, it is obvious that he regrets not letting Allie go to the lake with him and his friend Bobby. He replays the memory in his head but changes his decision by telling Allie to grab his bike. What does this say about his mental stability? 14. Chapter 14 Analysis: It is easy to tell that Holden is not mentally well. He can not seem to get over his brother’s death even though it has been years since it happened. It takes time for someone to grieve their loss but Holden’s hallucinations suggest that what he needs is professional care. 15. Chapter 15 Quote: “It isn’t important, I know, but I hate it when somebody has cheap suitcases. It sounds terrible to say it, but I can even get to hate somebody, just looking at them, if they have cheap suitcases with
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In the novel, Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist Holden is forced to face with the reality of growing up though he is trying to hold on to his innocence of childhood. Salinger uses many rhetorical strategies to reveal how Holden deals with being faced with the adult word. Whenever Holden is verbally confronted with not facing his adult problems he always denies it, he gets very defensive in his words. “ Yes I do.
Haley O’Neal English I 3/12/18 Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Sallinger, 1951 Catcher in the Rye is a fictional story by J.D. Sallinger that tells the story of sixteen year old Holden Caufield during the 1950s. It wasn’t clear as to where exactly the story took place, but it is inferred that Holden was narrating it from a mental hospital. Holden begins his story talking about how he is about to be expelled from Pencey Prep. He was failing four-out-of-five classes, and was not putting forth any effort.
Just reading his thoughts makes you want to sit in a warm shower for extraneous amounts of time. This being said the conclusion I can draw from this tableau is how J.D Salinger saw the world at times. Writing with such detail, making the reader feel the alienation and depression the Holden feels, one
The protagonist, Holden is sometimes viewed as a enigmatic person, which he’s not. Holden has the ability to have empathy, which one happens to see more clairvoyantly when Holden was with Jane: ... all of a sudden this booze hound her mother was married to came out on the porch and asked Jane if there were any cigarettes in the house.
At first, Holden first describes him as “a pretty friendly guy,” though he still does call him out on not being a completely honest person, describing him as a “phony kind of friendly,” he still sees Stradlater as a good friend and roommate (30). In the next chapter however, he becomes frustrated with Stradlater when he starts to talk about Jane, Holden’s crush, with very little respect even though he is about to go on a date with her. As he walks out the door to his date, he asks Caulfield to do a homework assignment for him, letting his cruder and less perfect side shine through a bit. Holden ends up doing the assignment, but does not follow the directions, this causes Stradlater to yell at him for not doing exactly what he said, once again letting his less friendly side show a bit. By chapter six, Holden becomes increasingly more annoyed with Stradlater’s fake personality and attacks him after Stradlater refuses to tell him about Jane.
When Stradlater gets back to their dormitory late, Holden gets into an argument with him. Holden believes Stradlater gave Jane “the time” in Ed Banky’s car and he cannot deal with the idea of Stradlater taking Jane’s innocence (Salinger 43). Holden sees it as his job to protect and maintain Jane’s innocence. The mere thought of Stradlater being intimate with her worries him not out of jealousy, but because he wants her to remain innocent. He is so distraught that, he starts a fist fight that he knows he will lose as an attempt to recuperate his image of Jane’s innocence.
Holden recalls the time he spent the night in his garage: “I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it. It was very stupid I have to admit, but I hardly didn’t even know I was doing it, and you didn’t know Allie (Salinger, 39).” His denial is represented when he does not admit why he did what he did to the garage. Holden
He probably was scared I fractured my skull or something when I hit the floor. It 's too bad I didn 't. (pg.45) The quote shows how Holden and Stradlater got into a fight. It connects to the claim because Holden is childish for a fight. Holden fought him because of Jane but Stradlater didn 't know that Holden liked her.
It is the “phoniness” he wants to blame. Salinger used “phony” this word many times in the book and is one of the most famous word from “The Catcher in the Rye” and it accurately describes the human nature of most adults’. During Holden’s three-day-trip in New York, he has met and encountered with many characters who are pretentious and fake, from Mr. Spencer to Luce and Sally. In society people have to lie or be “phony” just to socialize, or impress someone. Holden is a judgemental person who keeps observing other people’s phoniness but never notices them in himself.
Throughout the novel, Holden has a difficult teenage life, he is not responsible and can not face consequences that follow his irresponsibility. Holden can not let go of his childhood, and he has a tough time because he has to behave like an adult, now that he is 16. Holden is obsessed with his dead brother Allie, and his younger sister Phoebe because they are better than he is. Throughout the novel, Holden had many opportunities to get advice from the others that want to help. He refuses to go home and tell his parents he got kicked out of another school because he does not want to face the
In this paragraph, the audience hears Holden’s negative immutable perspective about his school Pencey as he seems to not like the school at all, much less the people in it. The author uses words like “splendid” and “clear-thinking” to really express holden’s strong opinion about the guys at Pencey and how they don’t meet the expectations that the school holds. In the beginning of the book the reader is introduced to Mr. Spencer who is one of Holden’s teacher’s. Mr. Spencer comes out as a nice teacher whose only intention is to help Holden and guide him through the misfit of society as he realizes that Holden needs a hand to hold. Salinger writes, “Game, my ass.
I was already sort of sorry I 'd let the thing start rolling, but it was too late now” (Salinger 19). This quote goes to show that Holden is trying to be a different person. He normally would accept a night with an escort but as stated in the quote he was so depressed he couldn 't even think about his decisions. A later quote shows that he doesn 't even use his real name he uses the name “Jim Steele”.
Holden cannot handle accepting blame for his shortfalls. This is evident in the way he retells his story. Holden repeatedly tells the reader outrageous claims about his character. However when he ends up coming short on these expectations, he backtracks his previous statements in order to shift the blame away from himself. When he first discusses his fight with Stradlater he says, “All I know was I