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HOLDEN'S CONFLICT/ RESOLUTION

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Transcript of HOLDEN'S CONFLICT/ RESOLUTION

Compulsive Lying
HOLDEN'S CONFLICT/ RESOLUTION
Holden VS Another Person
Holden VS Society
Holden VS Self
"'May I ask your name, dear?' 'Rudolf Schmidt,' I told her. I didn't feel like giving her my whole life history.'" (54-55)
"...I started reading this time table I had in my pocket. Just to stop lying. Once I get started, I can go for hours if I feel like it." (58)
"So when I told old Spencer I had to go to the gym to get my equipment and stuff, that was a sheer lie." (16)
Can't control himself around the phonies
Loneliness
"It made me too sad and lonesome." (51)

"I got a feeling so lonesome and rotten, I even felt like waking Ackley up." (50)

"I felt like giving somebody a buzz...but...I couldn't think of anybody to call up...so I ended up not calling anybody." (59)
Allie
Stradlater
Maurice
Grieving internally over the death of his brother, but taking physical action
"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" pg 39
Expresses his love for Allie by only complimenting him
"He was two years younger than I was, but he was 50 times as intelligent" pg 38
Sally Hayes
"she was so damn good-looking, but it always gave me a pain in the ass." (124)
"If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late?" (125)
"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." (125)
"I probably wouldn't've taken here even if she'd wanted to go with me. She wouldn't have been anybody to go with.The terrible part, though, is that I meant it when i asked her. That's the terrible part. I swear to God I'm a madman." (134)
"but I knew old Sally, the queen of the phonies," (116)
Impulsive Behavior
"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" (125)
"All of a sudden, I decided what I'd really do, I'd get the hell out of Pencey--right that same night." (51)
Fear of Phonies
"One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies." (13)
"If an actor acts it out, I hardly listen. I keep worrying about whether he's going to do something phony every minute." (117)
Holden likes to spend time with children because they are not phonies.
Jane Gallagher
"I thought of giving old Jane a buzz, to see if she was home yet and all, but I wasn't in the mood." pg 105
Death
Progression of Holden's anger towards Stradlater

"God, how I hated him." (42)
-Holden goes from being on good terms with Stradlater to hating him.

"...then I tried to sock him, with all my might, right smack in the toothbrush, so it would split his goddam throat open." (43)
-His hatred of Stradlater turns into physical violence.

"I'd've killed him." (43)
- Holden is known to lie, and it is not likely that he would actually kill Stradlater. But, whether he will act on it or not, killing Stradlater did cross his mind.

*He goes from hating Stradlater, to hitting him, to wanting to kill him in a short period of time.


"That worried me. I thought probably I'd get pneumonia and die" (154)

"I felt sorry as hell for my mother and father. Especially my mother, because she still isn't over my brother Allie yet." (155)

"What I really felt like, though, was committing suicide. I felt like jumping out the window. I probably would've done it, too, if I'd been sure somebody'd cover me up as soon as I landed."(104)

He's conflicted about killing himself and switches back and forth
Holden may compliment Jane and profess his love for her, but never does anything about it.
Sex
"I was feeling pretty horny." (63)

"I took out my wallet and started looking for this address a guy...gave me." (63)

"If you want to know the truth, I'm a virgin." (92)
"I kept thinking about Jane, and about Stradlater having a date with her and all. It made me so nervous I nearly went crazy." pg 34
Displays his mental preoccupation with Jane, so much so that it drives him nearly mad.
Resolution
Resolution Cont'd
"I sort of miss everybody I told about. Even old Stradlater and Ackley, for instance. I think I even miss that goddam Maurice. It's funny. Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody." (214)

This show the reflection of emotion towards other people, a feeling he was missing during the novel up to this point; he is growing up emotionally by missing people.
"The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, but it's bad if you say anything to them" (211)

-Different than his view about catching kids as come out of the rye to stop them from falling

"Boy, it began to rain like a bastard. In buckets, I swear to God...My hunting hat gave me quite a lot of protection, in a way, but I got soaked anyway" (212-3)

-The water = a new Holden who is ok with kids falling
Holden prods at Maurice and ends up in a fight with him
The argument was a minor matter
During the fight, Holden dramatizes his injuries
Holden regrets the fight
"But I'm crazy, I swear to God I am...I sort of started pretending I had a I had a bullet in my guts. Old Maurice had had plugged me." ~103-104
Authority
Holden -"[my parents] will be pretty irritated about it...This is about the fourth school I've gone to." pg 9
Phoebe- "I suppose you failed in every single subject again" pg 167
Holden is unable to conform to school rules, making him a rebel in some sense
Holden's inability to conform to society is a result of his failure to see past the phonies and enjoy himself. Mr. Antolini tells him that he has "...a feeling that [Holden is] riding for some kind of terrible, terrible fall" (187).

As a teenager, Holden does not want to take the blame for his psychological problems, so he blames society. Holden needs to take Mr. Antolini's advice and adapt to the 'human condition'.
Analysis
Analysis
Uses red hat for protection
Struggles to grow up
sex
Allie
Acts without thinking first
Wants to be the Catcher in the Rye
Wants to save other kids from "falling" like himself
Connects to Antolini
Analysis
Prods people to fight back, then regrets it later on
to maintain his dignity
Says things in the moment that he doesn't mean
Sally
to keep interest
lies to keep their company at the moment
Hypocritical
calls people phonies when all he does is lie
Doesn't want to accept that he is just as much to blame for human errors
Seen throughout whole novel
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