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Catcher In The Rye project

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"He was at least a pretty friendly guy, Stradlater. It was partly a phony kind of friendly, but at least he always said hello to Ackley and all." (Salinger 26).

Ackley is not a fan of Stradlater, yet Stradlater always says "hello" to Ackley. This represents the motif of phoniness because Stradlater is always trying to be nice to Ackley even though by now he really dislikes him. The falseness in Stradlater's kindness is what makes this section a part of the phony motif. Stradlater is a lot like the Kool Aid Man in that they both try to be nice, no matter whom they meet.

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"What [Holden] liked about [Selma Thurmer] , she didn't give you a lot of horse manure about what a great guy her father was. She probably knew what a phony slob he was." (Salinger 3)

Selma Thurmer is the daughter of the headmaster at Pency. Holden believes that she realizes that her dad is a phony. Phoniness is one of the motifs in The Catcher in the Rye. It is shown in this section because Holden is calling the headmaster a phony. This passage can relate to batman because Selma Thurmer looked past the positive prejudice she has towards her father and realized that he is a phony, just like batman will look past prejudice in order to determine what is right and what is wrong.
X is for X-Man
Catcher in the Rye Superhero Edition







By: The Elliot Jacobs
A is for Aqua man
C is for Captain America
D is for Doctor Strange
E is for Elongated Man
F is for The Flash
G is for Ghost Rider
H is for the Hulk
I is for Iron Man
J is for Jack Jack
K is for Kool Aid Man
L is for Loki
M is for Mr. Incredible
N is for Nightwing
O is for Oracle
P is for Penguin
Q is for Quicksilver
R is for Ra's Al Ghul
S is for Superman
T is for Thor
U is for Ultron
V is for Venom
W is for Wasp
Y is for Yellowjacket
Z is

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B is for Batman
"He'd be charming as hell and all. Except if some boy had little old funny-looking parents. You should've seen the way he did with my roommate's parents. I mean if a boy's mother was sort of fat or corny-looking or something, and if somebody's father was one of those guys that wear those suits with very big shoulders and corny black and white shoes, then old Haas would just shake hands with them and give them a phony smile and the he'd go talk, for maybe a half an hour, with somebody else's parents." (Salinger 14).

This quote represents the motif of phoniness throughout the book. Holden talks about how the headmaster at his old school did that at parent teacher conferences. It shows that "Old Haas" is phony because he only wants to be associated with good looking people. Old Haas is like Ra's Al Ghul because both dislike "bad" things and they will both do morally wrong things in order to fix the "bad" things that may not even need fixing.
"I didn't even answer him. I just threw the pieces in the wastebasket. Then I lay down on my bed, and we both didn't say anything for a long time." (Salinger 41).

This section occurs when Stradlater is complaining about how Holden wrote his essay. In retaliation Holden just rips up the paper to get Stradlater mad and to make a point. What follows is the motif of alienation. They are both upset and they do not talk with each other for a long time. This is alienation because they do not want to interact with each other. Holden is like X-Man in this situation because he plays with the emotions of Stradlater. X-Man can read people's minds and can therefore play with their emotions, just like Holden.
H is for Hulk
"I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill, right next to this crazy cannon that was in the Revolutionary War and all. You could see the whole field from there, and you could see the two teams bashing each other all over the place. You couldn't see the grandstand too hot, but you could hear them all yelling, deep and terrific on the Pency side, because practically the whole school except me was there" (Salinger 2).
This quote represents the motif of alienation, which is shown throughout the book. This passage represents alienation in that Holden is the only person from Pency that doesn't go to the game. Holden also describes the situation as though he is at the game. He does this to justify his choice to not go to the game. If he knows what it is like at the game from on the hill, what is the point of going to the game. Holden's sense of staying away can be related to Oracle. Oracle is a computer hacker that sends needed information to Batman. She knows what is going on without being a part of all the fighting Oracle is similar to Holden in that they both stay away from the action and they both feel like they have a strong grip on reality when really they can not know without actually being there.
"The minute I went in I was sort of sorry I'd come. He was reading the Atlantic Monthly, and there were pills and medicine all over the place, and everything smelled like Vicks Nose Drops. It was pretty depressing. I'm not too crazy about sick people, anyways." (Salinger 7)
This passage represents the motif of depression. When Holden visits Mr. Spencer, Holden gets depressed at the condition Mr. Spencer is in. Holden is depressed by the sickness that Mr. Spencer has and lets it skew his viewpoint of the situation. I can relate Loki to Mr. Spencer because Loki is judged because he is not of royal blood and people favor his brother Thor over him because Thor is of royal blood. Loki and Mr. Spencer are similar because both of them get unfairly judged about things they can't control. The fact that Holden is depressed at the condition of Mr. Spencer is ironic because the real depressing element of this passage is that Holden would unfairly judge a sick man. Hence the motif of depression.
"I act quite young for my age sometimes. I was sixteen then, and I'm seventeen now, and sometimes I act like I'm about thirteen It's really ironical, because I'm six foot two and a half and I have gray hair." (Salinger 9).

The motif of growing up is expressed in this passage because Holden talks about how he acts like a child, when he should really be more mature. He hints that his body is growing up at a pace that his mind can not keep up with. This section can be related to Iron Man because Tony Stark can act immature at times when he should be professional, just like Holden.
"Grand. There's a word I really hate. It's a phony. I could puke every time I hear it." (Salinger 9).

This passage represents the motif of phoniness because Holden finds the word "grand" to be phony. He then exaggerates and dramatizes how much he dislikes the word. Holden is like the Hulk in this situation because Holden is making a big deal out of a little thing, like saying grand. The Hulk is the same way, if something happens that he does not like he will go on an unnecessary rampage, which is a magnified version of how Holden reacted.

""I've read this same sentence about twenty times since you came in." Anybody else except Ackley would've taken the goddam hint." (Salinger 20).

This happens when Ackley walks into Holden's room and is trying to strike up a conversation with Holden and all he wants to do is read. This shows the motif of Alienation because Holden wants Ackley to leave him alone so that he can read his book. Aqua man is somewhat like Holden in this situation, Aqua man isolates himself from people when he goes to talk to the fish. Holden would love to do that, just get away from it all and relax with the fish.
"Boy, I nearly dropped dead when he said that.
"Jane Gallagher," I said. I even got up from the washbowl when he said that. I damn near dropped dead." (Salinger 31).

This section uses the motif of women. When Stradlater mentions a girl that he is going out with that night, Holden recognizes the name because it is Holden's childhood crush. This makes Holden similar to Captain America because both of them love someone that is taken. The only difference is that Captain America ends up getting the girl and Holden does not. The motif of women is shown well through this section.
"I sat there for about a half hour after he left. I mean I just sat in my chair, not doing anything. I kept thinking about Jane, and about Stradlater having a date with her and all. It made me so nervous I nearly went crazy. I already told you what a sexy bastard Stradlater was." (Salinger 34)
There are three motifs present in this passage, alienation, women and growing up. The motif of alienation is present because Holden is sitting in his room, alone, alienating himself from any social interaction. The motif of women is shown because Holden is thinking about Jane and worrying that Stradlater might take advantage of her. The motif of growing up is also expressed in this passage because Holden only remembers Jane as a child. He doesn't want to see her going out with Stradlater because it shows that she is all grown up. Holden doesn't want to see Jane growing up without him and he also doesn't want Stradlater taking advantage of her. This sort of makes Holden like Superman because Holden is trying to protect the girl he loves, just like Superman would to anything to protect his girlfriend.
"What a technique that guy had. What he'd do was, he'd start snowing his date in this very quiet, sincere voice--like as if he wasn't only a very handsome guy but a nice, sincere guy, too." (Salinger 49)
The motif that can be found in this passage is women. Holden is recalling a time when Stradlater and he had double dated. Holden described how Stradlater was good with the ladies. By mentioning this experience, women are spoken about, which shows that this motif is present. When Ghost Rider walks around as an average human being he is a lot like Stradlater. They are both smooth talking guys that can get whomever they want. Therefore, G is for Ghost Rider.
"I wouldn't visit that sonuvabitch Morrow for all the dough in the world, even if I was desperate." (Salinger 58)

Alienation is the motif that is shown by this part of the book. When Holden is talking to the mother of a kid that goes to Pency, Morrow, Holden acts like they are good friends. His mother asks Holden if they wanted to hang out over the summer to which Holden thinks the quote above. The quote shows alienation because Holden would absolutely hate to hang out with Morrow and would rather be alone. Morrow can somewhat be related to Penguin because no one wants to be around either of them because they are not very nice people.
"As a matter of fact, I'm the only dumb one in the family." (Salinger 67).

This passage represents depression. Although Holden does not say that this depresses him, the reader can infer that he is depressed by the fact that he hasn't lived up to the expectations that have been set for him. He also is being asked a lot to measure up to his siblings, DB who is writing for TV shows and Phoebe who gets straight A's. I can compare Holden to Jack-Jack in this passage because Jack-Jack has very big shoes to fill and he is also the dumbest one in the family given that he is just a baby.
"The blonde was some dancer. She was one of the best dancers I ever danced with. I'm not kidding, some of these very stupid girls can really knock you out on a dance floor." (Salinger 70).

The motif of women appears again in this passage. Holden is at a bar and he decides that he is going to start dancing with one of them. He then goes on to stereotype that stupid girls are better dancers than smart girls. The fact that women are mentioned again shows that the theme of women stays consistent throughout the story making it a motif. Zoom can be similar to this section because he is very fast. In order to be a good dancer you have to be quick on your feet which he is. Therefore, Zoom is like the stupid girls that Holden refers to.
Zoom
"I almost was once in a movie short, but I changed my mind at the last minute. I figured that anybody that hates the movies as much as I do, I'd be a phony if I let them stick me in a movie short." (Salinger 77).
This passage represents the motif of phoniness. Earlier in the book Holden talks about how much he hates the movies. Coming back to this section, Holden could have been in a movie short but decided not to because he hates the movies. He also would not like the fact that he is acting phony be doing something that he does not like. Holden is a lot like Thor in this situation because when Thor landed on Earth, everyone was broadcasting him on TV. The way he is similar is because Thor did not want to be on TV. He is different in the fact that he did end up on TV.
"I practically sat down in her lap, as a matter of fact. Then she really started to cry, and the next thing I knew, I was kissing her all over--anywhere--her eyes, her nose, her forehead, her eyebrows and all, her ears--her whole face except her mouth and all. She sort of wouldn't let me get to her mouth." (Salinger 79).

Women is the motif that is captured in this passage. Holden is having a flashback to a certain time that he and Jane had been together. She had gotten upset and Holden went to comfort her. While he was comforting her he started to kiss her which he goes on to explain that that was the closest they had ever gotten to necking. Jane is somewhat like Dr. Strange in this situation because she had gotten emotional. Dr. Strange also gets very emotional. The difference between the two is that Jane had Holden there to comfort her while Dr. Strange became a raging alcoholic.
"I know you're supposed to feel pretty sexy when somebody gets up and pulls their dress over their head, but I didn't. Sexy was about the last thing I was feeling. I felt much more depressed than sexy." (Salinger 95).

This passage represents two motifs depression and women. It represents women because during this point of the story Holden is with a prostitute, Sunny, that he decided he did not want to use because he felt depressed that anyone would have to do her job. Depression is a motif here as well because of the fact that he feels depressed about the situation. Nightwing can relate to this passage because he has taken down many abusive pimps, like Sunny's pimp, Maurice.
"All the two of them were eating for breakfast was toast and coffee. That depressed me. I hate it if I'm eating bacon and eggs or something and somebody else is only eating toast and coffee." (Salinger 110).

Depression is a motif that can be seen in this section. Holden is speaking with two nuns and notices that they have so little to eat while he is eating so much. It depresses him to think that someone has it worse than him because he tends to think he has the worst life out of everyone. Holden is like Mr. Incredible in this situation because he is looking out for the good of those in need and tries to help. Holden ends up donating ten dollars to their church, which is a very incredible thing to do.
"Certain things they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone. I know that's impossible, but it's too bad anyway." (Salinger 122).
This passage represents the motif of childhood and growing up. When Holden is walking through the museum that he used to go to as a child, he reflects on how the things in the cases never change and how he wishes life was like that. In a way, he is saying that he wishes that he never had to grow up. Holden is somewhat like The Flash in this situation because Holden wants to change time so that things do not change, whereas The Flash can go back in time to change things so that he is happy.
"I couldn't even stand looking at the back of the guy's neck in front of me. They kept telling you to look at the back of the guy's neck in front of you. I swear if there's ever another war, they better just take me out and stick me in front of a firing squad. I wouldn't object." (Salinger 141).

This represents the motif of alienation because Holden would rather die and get away from it all than to simply stand in a military line. He is being over dramatic, instead of being in a crowd, he would rather die. His fear of society further expresses the motif of alienation. Holden is a lot like Venom in that he is wanting for the worst. Venom invades people and makes them bad just like Holden's fears makes him think of the absolute worst thing.
"I pictured her out with the Lunts and all somewhere, and that Andover jerk. All of them swimming around in a goddam pot of tea and saying sophisticated stuff to each other and being charming and phony. I wished to God I hadn't even phoned her. When I'm drunk, I'm a madman." (Salinger 151).

This paragraph shows the motif of depression and phoniness. It takes place when Holden is very drunk and right after he had called up Sally Hayes. It shows phoniness because Holden calls the mystery man, that he thinks Sally Hayes is on a date with, a phony. This also shows depression because Holden is drunk. The reason Holden started drinking was because he was depressed. Holden is like Ultron here because they are both madmen. Holden is mad in the sense that he has no real control over what he is doing, whereas Ultron is a madman because he kills people and commits crimes.
"I sat there on D.B.'s desk and read the whole notebook. It didn't take me long, and I can read that kind of stuff, some kid's notebook, Phoebe's or anybody's, all day and all night long. Kid's notebooks kill me." (Salinger 161).

The motif of childhood is expressed in this passage because Holden is talking about reading his little sister, Phoebe's notebook. He is secretly realizing that he wants to be a kid again. He wants the sincere innocence of being a child, that he notices in Phoebe's notebook. Holden is a lot like Yellowjacket in this section because he is showing that he is smart, like Yellowjacket, by easily reading the notebook.
"Boy, did he depress me! I don't mean he was a bad guy--he wasn't. But you don't have to be a bad guy to depress somebody" (Salinger 169).

This passage shows the motif of depression. This section occurs when Holden is reflecting on when some guy came to his school and talked about how great his life was and how to end up like him. This depressed Holden because Holden's life was not going so great, at that moment. Even though Holden thought the man was a good guy, he was still able to depress him. If Elongated Man defeated a bad guy and saved lives, that is a pretty good thing, yet the bad guy would probably be depressed because he was defeated. That man is a lot like the Elongated Man because both of them try their best to make things good, but in the end they will always depress someone.
"The one little kid, the one that asked me, had his pants open. I told him about it. So he buttoned them up right where he was standing talking to me--he didn't even bother to go behind a post or anything. He killed me." (Salinger 202).

This section represents the motif of childhood and growing up. Throughout the book Holden seems to be entertained by their innocent and care free attitude. Holden believes that he is always under close watch and always being judged. Holden wants to be like the kid that buttoned up his pants, simply not caring if he is judged or not. Holden misses childhood. The Wasp can be related to this passage because she has a literal solution to Holden's problem. Holden wants to be little again and the Wasp can get little whenever she feels like by turning into an actual wasp.
"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." (Salinger 214).

This passage shows the motif of depression but for the first time it also shows some recovery. This is the last paragraph in the book and Holden is reflecting on his whole story from a mental institution. It shows depression because he is sad from missing people. The reason it shows recovery is because for the first time in Holden's life he is sharing his feelings with people. This shows that he is on a quick road to recovery. This makes Holden like Quicksilver because like Holden's recovery Quicksilver is extraordinarily fast.
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