Allie and kids symbolize the “catching”.The cliff symbolizes adulthood .Holden believes that adults are all phonies (which is hypocritical of him because even Though Holden constantly talks about other people being phony he is himself often phony. At various times in the novel, he tells pointless lies, claims to like or agree with things he hates, goes out with girls he doesn 't like, all to try to feel less lonely and left out).In chapter 17 Holden says “Then, just to show you how crazy I am, when we were coming out of this big clinch, I told her I loved her and all. It was a lie, of course, but the thing is, I meant it when I said it. I 'm crazy. I swear to God I am”.
Every time I thought about it, I felt like jumping out the window” (Salinger 48). Holden feels jealous that Stradlater gets to spend time with Jane instead of him. Holden didn’t want Stradlater, who is isn’t very fond of, to be messing around with Jane. Nick Jonas feels the same way, “I don’t like the way he’s looking at you/I’m starting to think you want him too/Am
In the story “Seventh Grade”, By Gary Soto, Victor embarrasses himself quite a lot, because having a crush or love for someone will embarrass you. Victor learns to be himself at the end of the story. Victor has a crush on a girl called Teresa. Victor’s friend Michael teaches him to scowl, which he thinks makes him look handsome. Because of this, Victor tries this and gets the girls to stare at him, but he thinks he looks foolish, and stops it, also Victor makes a fool of himself for Teresa most of the times he gets embarrassed.
Holden oppresses himself when the prostitute comes over by instead of having sex with her he tells her to leave and he will still pay for her fee, this proves that Holden pretends to be a sex maniac while oppressing his sexuality. Holden also states that with all of his girlfriends he could have “given them the time” but whenever they said stop, he would, thus sating his oppression and that he thinks that sex is morally wrong at his age. “I’ve had quite a few opportunities to lose my virginity and all, but I’ve never got around to it yet” (92). This shows that Holden oppresses himself form his sexuality. All in all the main characters of both stories at one time were sexually
“I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life.” This is a contradiction in Holden’s behavior throughout the story. Holden dislikes when people lie to him. But Holden himself lies to people all the time. Another example of Holden being hypocritical is in chapter one when he criticizes his brother D.B. for earning lots of money in Hollywood by being a prostitute.
After talking about his childhood memories with his brother he states, ¨He is dead now. He got leukemia and died when we were up in Maine, on July 18, 1946. You´d have like him.¨ Then after talking about Allie’s old baseball mitt he said, ¨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¨(43-44). Allie’s death is used to show the unexpected change that Holden had experienced during his life. Allie was only eleven when he died, and Holden was thirteen.
(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. Stradlater was scared he broke Holden’s skull.They were both being childish. Stradlater fought him because Holden kept bothering him about a glove when it really wasn’t about it. It was more
Sadly, Holden’s support system completely contrasts with an ideal support system. His mother and father are secretly invested into their personal issues his mom smoking cigarettes living in anxiety, his father working long hours and investing in unsuccessful broadways plays. Holden constantly feared making mistakes as his parent’s would either yell him or send him away to another boarding school. His oldest brother D.B in a sense abandoned him to work for Hollywood which is why he mentions Hollywood in such a scornful way as it stole his older brother from him. Because his support system is less than Ideal he doesn’t use it he’s often afraid of using it.
After Allie’s passing, Holden states that he smashed all the windows in the garage resulting in permanent damage to his hand; However, the death also permanently stained Holden’s childhood innocence. Holden also suggests that “If you had a million years you couldn’t rub out half the ‘Fuck you’ signs in the
His brother’s death however was not his only literal encounter with death. The second death was that of James Castle, Holden’s Classmate at Elkton Hills School. He jumped out of the window when he was mercilessly bullied by some classmates of his and ended up dying. “He was dead, and his teeth, and blood, were all over the place. He had on this turtleneck sweater I 'd lent him” (Salinger 2010 : 92), although Holden didn 't know James well enough his death still left a mark on him.