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Alienation: Catcher in the Rye
Transcript of Alienation: Catcher in the Rye
Textual Evidence:"I remember around three o'clock that afternoon, I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill." Holden attempts to call someone when he is in New York but he changes his mind because he is scared of what his peers are going to view him. Due to this Holden alienates himself from them.
Textual Evidence: "The first thing I did when I got off at Penn Station, I went to this phone booth. I felt like giving someone a buzz... I couldn't think of anybody to call up. My brother D.B. was in Hollywood. My kid sister Phoebe goes to bed around nine o'clock.... Then I thought of giving Jane Gallagher's mother a buzz, but I didn't feel like it... I thought of calling this girl I used to go around with quite frequently, Sally Hayes, but I was afraid her mother'd answer the phone... Then I thought of calling up this guy that went to the Whooton School when I was there, Carl Luce, but I didn't like him much. So I ended up not calling anybody." Although, Holden loves and adores his little sister, Phoebe, he feels alienated because he isn't able to get a hold of her. From Phoebe, Holden is looking from the human connection that he needs, which he gets from his sister because she accepts Holden for who he is.
Textual Evidence: "I certainly wouldn't mind shooting the crap with old Phoebe for a while." Holden again tries to reach his peers but gets shuts down. Once again, despite being depressed and lonely, Holden is desperate for some form of social interaction. Holden attempt to reach to his peers show that he is trying to be sociable but when the attempts fail, he feels like he is alone.
Textual Evidence: "I guess it was because I was feeling so damn lonesome." Holden's loneliness propels him into his date with Sally Hayes, but his alienation causes him to insult Sally and drives her away.
Textual Evidence: " You give me a royal pain in the ass, if you want to know the truth..." Isolation from a group or an activity to which one should belong or in which one should be involved. Throughout the novel, "The Catcher in the Rye" Holden Caulfield alienates himself from everyone and the world because he cannot fit in with the expectations of his peers and the world around him. Holden is faced with denial and rejection from all quarters. Holden perceives his loneliness and isolation and wants to break the confines of his alienation by making some form of human connection. Alienation both protects and harms Holden. It protects him by ensuring that he will not ever have to form connections with other people that might wind up causing awkwardness, rejection, or the sort of intense emotional pain he felt when Allie died. Just as Holden wears his hunting cap as a sign of independence, separation, and protection from the world, he creates his own alienation for the same purpose. The problem, though, is that Holden is human. He may wish that he didn't need human contact, but he does. So while his alienation protects him, it also severely harms him, making him intensely lonely and depressed. Alienation in the Catcher in the Rye Alienation in Chapter 10 Alienation in Chapter 20 Alienation in Chapter 7 Holden alienates himself when he leaves Pencey Prep earlier then expected and goes to New York until things settle down with his parents.
Textual Evidence: "I decided I'd take a room in a hotel in New York- some very meopensive hotel and all and just take it easy 'till Wednesday" Alienation in Chapter 7 Holden is alienated as he stares out the window and wines he was lonely.
Textual Evidence: "I got up and went over and looked out the window. I felt so lonesome all of a sudden." Alienation in Chapter 16 When Holden asks the little girl in the park if she would like some hot chocolate after helping him, he feels alienated because she rejected him. Holden feels sad and alone, so he leaves the park.
Textual Evidence: "I asked her is she cared to have a hot chocolate with me, but she said no thank you. She had to meet her friend." Alienation in Chapter 17 Thanks For Listening