Holden Caulfield lives his life as an outsider to his society, because of this any we (as a reader) find normal is a phony to him. Basically, every breathing thing in The Catcher in the Rye is a phony expect a select few, like Jane Gallagher. What is a phony to Holden and why is he obsessed with them? A phony is anyone who Holden feels is that living their authentic life, like D.B. (his older brother).
He wasn’t comfortable in the ranch so he wanted to leave, and that is exactly how a little boy acts. Also, Lennie is a very innocent person. He look at things in a different way that anyone else, he can’t realize if he is doing a good or a bad thing. In the novel when he tells George: “If you don’t want me I can go off in the hills and find a cave. I can go away any
Whenever Holden feels depressed he usually puts on this hat to block all the society around him from affecting his depression. "I took my old hunting hat out and put it on. I knew I wouldn 't meet anybody that knew me". This quote shows how Holden wants to be unique and not a phony like others. He also realises that his family would recognise him if they saw someone with a red hunting hat as most people do not wear hunting hats when walking in a big city like New York.
His loyalty makes him the moral character. George has, of course, plenty of reasons for residing with Lennie. A major one is a promise made to Lennie’s Aunt Clara to take care of him. George harbors throngs of hardships when taking care of him and often thinks back about the freedom he could have without Lennie. George describes their childhood, “‘I knowed his Aunt Clara...When his Aunt Clara died, Lennie just come along with me out workin'.
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. These and many other reasons are why Holden Caulfield is a dynamic character in The Catcher in The Rye. Early in the book, it is evident that Holden is very indifferent when it comes to academics. He wrote in a letter to Mr. Spencer, “It is alright with me if you flunk me though as I am flunking everything else except English anyway,” which shows his obvious lack of interest into succeeding academically. Holden also tells the reader that he has been to many different schools because of his academic
The first stage is sin; Holden insults and critizes the Bible and takes pleasure in the suffering of others. The second stage is suffering; Holden alienates and isolates himself from the world and thinks about committing suicide. The third stage is redemption; Holden realizes that Phoebe is worth living for and accepts the world because he understands that he cannot change it. In the beginning, Holden is a naïve and innocent person in an adult world. Throughout the novel, he goes through many changes that change is perception of the world and the people around him.
He also shows a little distaste for his brother because he has luxuries. Question About the Passage: 1. What keeps Holden’s relationship with his brother strong? Catcher In The Rye:Chapter 2: Significant Passage: “You never knew if he was nodding a lot because he was thinking and all, or just because he was a nice old guy that didn 't know his ass from his elbow.” Speaker: Holden Caulfield Audience: the reader Significance to the story: The reason he says this sentence is because he thinks that all adults pretend like they aren’t as knowledgeable as young people. He also thinks they aren’t as aware of their surroundings and up to date with current trends.
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.
The red hunting hat symbolizes individuality that the adult world criticizes. Holden, “swung the old peak way around to the back” because he “liked it that way” (Salinger 21). This indicates that, in private, Holden expresses himself in whatever way he chooses. He rarely wears the hat in public because he wishes society will accept him as normal. This is not Holden’s ideal way of life because he
Since the displays at the museum never change, being surrounded by the exhibits made Holden feel like he fit in. It was like being in his own world. Not having to change would mean Holden wouldn’t need to worry about moving from childhood to adulthood, and neither would he need to deal with the phoniness of the adult world. Holden deals with a lot of phoniness throughout the novel. The way old Spencer embarrasses Holden and reads his essay out loud is an example of how Holden encounters phoniness (pg 11).
Crooks likes reading books alone and he likes to keep his distance from others, which is his way of keeping things calm and not messy. “‘I didn’t mean to scare you. He’ll come back. I was talking about myself”’(Steinback 72) Even though everyone doesn’t care about Crooks, because of his skin color and in this quote he told Lennie that he doesn’t even care about himself. Crooks tells Lennie to believe in himself and that George will be beside him at all cost.
1) In this quote, the term being used is metaphor because Life and Game are two completely different things but they are being compared to each other like if they are similar. 2) I think the author’s purpose for using this term is that he explains that Holden feels alone because he doesn’t feel like he is winning. 3) This quote revolves around the overall theme because it shows that Holden is isolated from everybody around him. 4) • I really like this dislike this idea because Holden is wrong you need to play according to the rules to win not be on the winning side. • I think this idea seems important because it is an inspiration quote to live by even though Holden doesn’t believe it; this is how life goes it is in reality.
The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody 'd move.” (Salinger 65) He loved things the way they were and he hated change, he hated that he had to grow up and have responsibilities. Holden did have some
Before he leaves though, he "yell[s] at the top of [his] goddam voice, 'Sleep tight, ya morons ' " (68)! Although it is a shame, any reader can see that Holden seems to have nothing going right or in a positive way all because of his negative attitude. Therefore, this attitude leads him to almost care about nothing. Though Holden may seem to be a lost cause because of his negative attitude, he thankfully has an epiphany that changes his view towards the world because he realizes that people have to grow up. When Holden visits his younger sister, Phoebe, he is happy to see her, but when they begin talking their conversation turns negative.