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Catcher in the Rye

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Ashly George

on 21 May 2013

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Transcript of Catcher in the Rye

Why does Holden give
a false name to Mrs. Morrow? Plot: Theme: The end Catcher in the Rye IOPS Ashly George
Block: 2-2
5/10/13 Character J.D. Salinger uses Holden lying to Mrs. Morrow about his name to show the theme of how in order to fully function as a citizen in society, one has to be able to understand themselves and be open to their own feelings first. Holden never talks about his feelings so he can never mature into a adult, which is why he still lies, its because he is still a child. Mrs. Morrow with Holden How Holden feels about life because he does not open is to his own feelings and finds it easier to just hate than face his feelings. Holden still wants to hold on to his childhood so he acts immature. From his parents he is taught not to talk about his feelings and problems. That is why Holden was sent to California as a mentally unstable person instead of somewhere in New York. His parents did not want society to know that they had a mentally unstable son, so if he went to California his parents can tell people that he went to visit his brother D.B. From his parents he learned not to open up. He lies about his name, and age, and acts like a older person by showing that he "Had quite a bit of gray hair." He wants to act like a adult without the actual adult responsibilities. He is not truthful to people because he is not truthful to himself about his brother's death which is a huge controlling fact about himself. Holden is a developing, round and changing character. In the beginning he is seen as person who wants to hold on the childhood where his feelings were easy to deal with, while having the perks of an adult. However, he is just lying to himself because he is not honest with himself about his true feelings. One feeling he needs to deal with is the death of his brother, this is a feeling he never confronts. Since he never acknowledges his feelings, he can never act on his feelings toward Jane, and that is why he is never in the mood to call her. Literary Devices "Sensitive as a goddam toilet seat." Pg 72 This is a simile comparing Ernest to a toilet seat. Relates to the theme because he is being childish and teasing the people at his school.
"Boy was she lousy with rocks." Pg 72. This is diction because instead of saying she has lots of diamonds, J.D. Salinger used other words to describe her richness. Lousy means to have lots, and rocks mean diamonds.
"She didn't wolf the smoke down." Pg 72. This is diction because wolf is another way of saying she did not consume the smoke rapidly, but instead in a ladylike manner Salinger, Jerome David. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951.
Google Images Plot Theme Character Literary Devices Why does Holden scorn the "Ivy League" boys he sees? He sees the boys as phoney. He thinks they are fake, materialistic shallow and only concerned with themselves. The characteristics of the ivy league boys are similar to Stradlater, who Holden hates. Also, his Dad, a man who he does not have a strong relationship with, wants him "to go to Yale or Princeton." Pg. 112 So Holden, does not want to do anything that he father wants him to do because he is still mad at his parents about Allie's death. This is why he does not want to talk to them in New York when he first got there, and again when he was in the house. J.D. Salinger uses Holden scorning the ivy league boys to show the hypocrisy and shallowness of the world that we live in.
Holden hates how the ivy boys are materialistic with their clothing, but Holden himself mentions his "red hunting cap" many times and shows it off to people.
Everything that Holden hates about the Ivy league boys is in fact everything he himself portrays, making him a hypocrite. This shows Holden as a closed minded teenager, who stereotypes all ivy league boys as phoneys and shallow. He thinks that they are all bastards and looks the same. He is not open to change his mind on his views of the ivy league boys and has one mind set about them and will not change. Later in the book when Holden takes Sally to their date in Chapter 17, he still has not changed his mind about Ivy league boys as shown in his attitude toward George of Andover. Visual Imagery: "In a gray flannel suit and one of those flitty-looking Tattersall vests." Pg. 112. This shows the readers exactly what the Ivy league boy was wearing and emphasis how much attention Holden gives to the materialistic clothing of the boy. Holden also says the vests as "flitty" which implies that the vest is sassy or gay because gay people are called Flits.

Hyperbole: "I wouldn't go to one of those Ivy League college if i was dying for God's sake." Pg 112. This shows how Holden is very closed minded and will never want to go to a Ivy league colleges because of his one set mind and ideology on all the schools.

Irony (Dramatic): Holden hates everything about the Ivy league boys, but everything he hates about them, he actually does himself. His is a hypocrite, who hates the boys for certain qualities that he himself posses.

Hyperbole: "They killed me." Pg 112. This really means that he thought their actions were really funny, but it is so funny it "killed" him. A gray flannel suit and a Tattersall vest
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