Transcript of the catcher in the rye
the CATCHER in the RYE Excerpt 1 Literal Interpretati n A large portion of the world population looks to satisfy sexual desires with anyone that seems fit. Holden seems to be telling his audience to postpone such activities until you meet a person of emotional relevance. Universal Interpretation For example: A lot of working people seem to not like their job and are constantly frustrated. Why? They want to make money. Every day, they go through the same routine: get up, work, sleep, for five days a week. Excerpt 2 "The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause. The mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one." This quote came at a time in the text when Holden was confronted with a honest opinion of how his future will unfold. Mr Antolini uses the words of the psychologist Wilhelm Stekel in an attempt to show Holden what might be to come. Excerpt 3 " One of these days, you're going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you've got to start going there. But immediately. You can't afford to lose a minute." Literal Interpretation Holden has gotten way off track in his life. This quote suggests that, at a point in one's life, someone on a wary path needs a kind and caring soul to right their way. Universal Interpretation Everyone, at some point in time, needs to wake up and do something of relevance with their life. If they get their life back on track, they can stop wasting the time of themselves and others around them. It emphasizes (if it isn't already evident) on how messed up Holden's life is and how he needs to put his life back together as soon as possible. How the Author uses the Quote THIS HAS BEEN AN ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL COMMENTARY FOR... How it Helps Salinger Salinger uses this comment to reassure the reader that Holden does have at least some moral values, if any at all. "If you don't really like a girl, you shouldn't horse around with her at all." Excerpt 4 "You're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior." How Salinger uses the Quote Literal Interpretation Mr. Antolini is trying to comfort Holden by reminding him that many people before him have gone through the same trials and been just as "confused" as Holden is now. Universal Connection The universal connection here is a very real and relevant truth. If humanity and society choose to disregard the past and be ignorant enough to forget it, we are bound for failure. How Salinger uses this Social Commentary J.D. Salinger uses this comment to reassures his readers that Holden does have at least some morals, if any at all. Excerpt 10 "That's the whole trouble. You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody'll sneak up and write "F*** You" right under your nose." So, Mr Antolini gives Holden this advice: "Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them - if you want to. Universal Interpretation When something positive is found in life, it is always stained by something negative. Literal Interpretation For Holden: You must take the initiative - use the experiences of those in the past to make your own life better. People have been through the same thing you are going through. Learn from them. How Salinger uses the Quote Salinger uses this to show that Holden does in fact have morals. He is not completely rebellious to reason, as one might assume. Universal Interpretation Like the Churchill quote and the sign in Mrs. Hyland's room - the best indicator of the future is the past. If we don't learn from the past, we are bound to repeat it. Say a person is training for their very first Marathon. They fight through a lot. Knee pain, dehydration, and countless hours of pounding the road. Race day comes. By the time of the twentieth mile, the body is in shambles, the mind exhausted. The crowd opens in front as you trudge down Boylston Street. You are exuberant as you cross the finish line: but you are thrown from your feet as an explosion rips through the air. Everytime something good happens, someone just seems to write "f*** you" right under your nose. Excerpt 5 "I have to catch everybody if they start going off the cliff- I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them." Literal Interpretation As we saw before, Holden was faced with a pessimistic opinion of what his future holds. He is told find out where he is going and that he can't lose a minute. Now, however, Holden assumes that his purpose in life is to save other people. To save them from themselves, from their careless wandering. We as readers realise that maybe, just maybe, there is something more about Holden, something bigger than himself. "Each day is a gift and not a given right." - Nickelback Universal Meaning Excerpt 6 "That's just the trouble with all you morons. You never want to discuss anything. That's the way you can always tell a moron. They never want to discuss anything intelligent." This excerpt is clearly full of symbolic meaning that can be applied to all of us. Throughout this presentation, the point has been disscussed that, at certain points in life, people need others to "wake them up" and help them along on the journey of their life. How Salinger uses this Quote It shows the negative thoughts that Holden expresses towards almost anyone. He even does this with ones who are closer to him like Stradlater. Universal Interpretation Generally, unintelligent people do not want to resolve problems or work things out simply because they don't care enough to put effort into something they find unimportant. Real-World Examples THIS HAS BEEN AN ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL COMMENTARY FOR... The seat belt that holds you back. New York City's almost reality soft drink law. How Salinger uses this Quote The priciple usage is obvious - Salinger uses it for the title of the novel. Perhaps Salinger is also suggesting that Holden, while he wants to be someone like this, he himself needs a catcher in the rye. the CATCHER in the RYE Multi-Genre Project Presented by: Full transcript
-Anthony Orange Excerpt 7 "You could tell he didn't feel like discussing anything serious with me. That's the trouble with these intellectual guys. They never want to discuss anything serious unless they feel like it." How Salinger uses this Quote Salinger uses this quote in order to contrast the "morons" quote to show Holden's pessimistic view of life, from the habits of "morons" to "intellectuals". It also shows that Holden feelings towards others really haven't changed since the beginning of the book. Universal Meaning Salinger is suggesting that intellectuals, similar to morons, do not like to talk about serious topics like sex and drugs because they don't find it important enough and worth the effort to want to discuss it. All they really care about are the topics they bring up. Excerpt 8 "If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late? Nobody." Literal Interpretation A guy has been waiting for a girl to show up for over 15 minutes. If she shows up and looks physically appealing, the fact she is 15 minutes late is irrelevant because of how attractive she is. Universal Interpretation A large part of our society (epecially teenagers) is sexually driven. This is wrong, for we should care more about moral qualities, such as being on time. How Salinger uses the Quote As mentioned before, many teenagers are focused on sex and physical appereance. Salinger uses this quote to show Holden's sterotypical teenage behavior. Excerpt 9 "One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies. That's all. They were coming in the goddam window." Literal Interpretation As we know, Holden has flunked out of many schools. He explains that the main reason he left his last school was because he was always around people he classified as "phonies" which are people he can't tolerate. Universal Interpretation When people do irresponsible things, such as fail out of school, they usually have a reason. When people are in what they consider a detrimental environment, they are unable to function to their full capacity. How Salinger uses the Quote Salinger uses this to show Holden's attitude at various things that make him upset. If he is surrounded by people he absolutely can't tolerate, he stops what he's doing and doesn't give effort. This shows a side of Holden's personality that is utter carelessness, and may explain why he is in such a troubling state.