James Castle In 'Catcher In The Rye'

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3R Journal - James Castle In Chapter 22 of “the Catcher in the Rye”, Phoebe, Holden’s younger sister, continues to be extremely upset at his expulsion from Pencey Prep. She asks him why he has been kicked out of yet another school, and Holden apparently had “a million reasons”. Mostly, it was because everyone there was phony, and it was just a terrible place. Phoebe opposes saying that he does not like anything that happens, and challenges him to name one thing he actually likes. All Holden could think of was the two nuns he had met earlier, and James Castle. Castle was a “skinny little weak-looking” boy he knew back at Elkton Hills who once called someone else conceited, and instead of apologizing, he jumped out the window and killed himself. In the novel,…show more content…
Despite his quiet and reserved personality, he once voiced an opinion and called Phil Stabile conceited, which Holden agreed he was. Because of this, Stabile and his friends locked Castle in a room, threatened him, and did unspeakable things to him. Still, Castle refused to take back what he’d said, and to escape, he was forced to jumped out the window - forced to his death. This unfortunate death of James Castle can be related to many different forms of media that exist today, including movies, books, or television shows. This incident reminds me of a movie called “Dead Poets Society”. The movie was set mainly in Welton Academy, an elite prep school, just like Elkton Hills. Neil Perry, one of the main characters, was not only one of the school’s most promising student, but he was
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