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Catcher in The Rye Photo Montage
Transcript of Catcher in The Rye Photo Montage
"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. I didn't want a bunch of stupid rubbernecks looking at me when I was all gory" (Salinger 104).
The Edmont hotel was the first place Holden stayed at while in New York, and while there he meets Maurice, a pimp who hires Holden a prostitute named Sunny. through Holden's sexual confusion he doesn't act on sunny and all he wants to do is talk. Afterwards when Maurice and Sunny come back to get money, and Holden gets punched in the gut he considers suicide. This is especially important to show Holden's inner conflict and his depression. Holden is extremely troubled and only wants someone to talk to, and failing to find one leads him to his suicidal thoughts.
The Wicker Bar
"'Very funny', [Luce] said. 'Same old Caulfield. When are you going to grow up?'"
Several times throughout their meeting Luce tells Holden to grow up. This is significant because it assures the reader of Holden's mentally frozen childhood. it signifies that he has been unable to move forward in life, hence his insecurity towards it.
Catcher in the Rye Photo Montage
Central Park Pond
"'Well, you know the ducks that swim around in it? In the springtime and all? Do you happen to know where they go in the wintertime, by any chance?" (Salinger 81)
Holden is bothered by the absence of the ducks in the pond, to Holden the ducks represent change which Holden has a stern hatred for. Holden wants the ducks to stay because he doesn't like change, and that stems to his belief in childhood innocence. He believes that when children grow up they change and become "phonies."
Museum of Natural History
"The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move"(Salinger 157)
Holden hated the idea of change. The museum was an important part of his childhood, and one of the only things that never changes as time passed, thus, he felt an affinity towards it. He said that you could go there hundreds of times and each time you would be different in some way, but each display would remain the exact same. Holden walking towards the museum sets a clear message on Holden's feelings towards change and growing up.
"In the first place, we're practically children. And did you ever stop to think what you's do if you didn't get a job when your money ran out? We'd starve to death. The thing's so fantastic, it isn't even..."(Salinger 172)
After Sally and Holden go to the play, they decide to go ice skating. Holden rashly decides to ask Sally to run away with him even though he didn't even like her. This quote shows just how rash and fanatical Holden is. Sally is obviously the sensible one in the situation, not Holden. This is important to the story because it shows Holden's attraction to spontaneously disappearing from any social connection as is also the case several other times throughout the novel.
"The whole three of them were pretty ugly, and they all had on the kind of hats that you knew they didn't really live in New York...(Salinger 69).
The Lavender room is the bar in the Edmont Hotel where Holden meets the three ladies. While in the Lavender room Holden complains about all the other people in the bar, and even the girls he meets. This sets the stage for how Holden more than often complains about the others around him, and also shows how judgmental and unshaken his personal opinions are.
Late Night walk in the Dark
"I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in a river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery."
At this point, Holden is drunk, wet, and reaching the height of his depression. It is cold and dark at the park, and Holden starts to think of death because he feels so awful. This section is important because it shows how secluded Holden is from reality. He feels sorry for his beloved brother who has had to experience the silly little rituals that adults perform, and cant bare to be treated the same way. This quote illustrates his depression as well as his disapproval of adult ways.
'"What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over 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. That all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be'"(Salinger 225).
This quote is really significant as it confirms Holden's affection towards children and their childlike innocence. Throughout the book, he has been wary of tarnishing the purity of good things-more particularly, children. When he tells his own kid sister Phoebe, that he wants to be the catcher in the rye, he reveals his strong passion to keep children such as herself from "falling off a cliff" and in to the evil hands of adulthood and everything that it brings with it.
Museum of Art
"'I said I'm not going back to school. You can do what you want to do, but I'm not going back to school.' [Phoebe] said. 'So shut up.' It was the first time she ever told me to shut up. It sounded terrible. God. It sounded terrible. It sounded worse than swearing"(Salinger 269).
Standing outside the art museum, Holden plans to say goodbye to Phoebe and finds that she plans to come with him. When he says she can't and tells her to go back to school she gets upset with him. This quote is significant because it shows Phoebe's first signs of adulthood. Holden has feared this change, and is shocked as he realizes her childlike innocence is starting to vanish. In addition to this, Phoebe's words are like a wakeup call for Holden. She makes him realize his hypocrisy since he refuses to go himself, but tells her to go to school. Also, since Holden is somewhat of a role model towards Phoebe, he is particularly to blame for the tarnishing of Phoebe's innocence, since his rash behavior and language rub off on her.
Mr. Antolini's House
"'Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. 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. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement"'(246).
This quote was one of the most meaningful passages in the book. Holden's teacher, Mr. Antolini lets Holden spend the night at his apartment since he has nowhere to stay. During which, he gives some really strong and powerful advice. He hints at the rapid deterioration of Holden's state of mind, and seeks to give him some lasting advice. HE tells Holden that he's not the first person who's shunned society or been troubled morally. By recording their troubles, many people have helped others like him, and someday Holden may also have some advice to offer. This passage is significant as it explains the whole reason for why the story was told. Holden recounts this troubled time in his life in hopes to guide other troubled souls like himself.