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Copy of Teachers in Catcher in the Rye

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Lexi Delucia

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The impact Holden's different teachers have on his life and maturing/growing up By Lexi DeLucia Mr. Antolini Phoebe Mr. Spencer "He was about the best teacher i ever had." (174) Phoebe is probably Holden's favorite person and the person he loves the most. Even though Phoebe is younger than him, she teaches him a lot about life. Holden Holden's oldest teacher: around 70 years old "I used to think about old Spencer quite a lot, and if you though about too much, you wondered what the heck he was still living for." (6) "Absolutely nothing, he said over and over again. That's something that drives me crazy." (10) "It's funny. you don't have to think that hard when your talking to a teacher." (13) "Game my Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it's a game all right." (8) Holden admits that even though he thinks and wonders about Mr. Spencer he doesn't want to hear what he has to say. He thinks most of his teacher's words of advice and criticism are meaningless. Holden also doesn't learn much from his class because of his essay that he wrote on a topic they learned for a long period of time in their class. Mr. Antolini was Holden's teacher before he went to Pency. He is also a lot younger than Mr. Spencer and seems to creep Holden out when he stays at his house. "It may be the kind where, at age of thirty,you sit in some bar hating everybody who comes in looking as if he might have played football in college." (187) "All right. Listen to me a minute now... I may not word this as memorably as I'd like to, but I'll write you a letter about it in a day or two. Then you can get it all straight. But listen now anyway.' He started concentrating again. Then he said, 'This fall i think you're riding for-it's a special kind of fall, a horrible fall. The man falling isn't permitted to feel or hear himself hit the bottom. He just keeps falling and falling." (187) "Here's what he said: 'The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, wile the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one." (188) "That only educated men ans scholarly men are able to contribute something valuable to the world. It's not so. But i do say that educated and scholarly if they're brilliant and creative" (189) "then something happened. I don't even like to talk about it. I woke up all of a sudden. I don't know what time it was or anything, but i woke up. I felt something on my head, some guy's hand. Boy it really scared the hell out of me... What he was doing was, he was sitting on the floor right next to the couch, in the dark and all, and he was sort of petting me or patting me on the head." (192) Holden likes Mr. Antolini and thought he was a very good teacher when he taught holden. Mr. Antolini gives Holden a lot of advice and teaches him some life lessons that Holden takes into account and thinks about his life. When Holden wakes up from sleeping on the Antolini's couch, Mr. Antolini is petting his head and Holden runs out of their house and assumes he is a creep. Mr. Antolini is both red and green and in Holden's mind an adult can not be both, so he uses this incident to jump to the conclusion that Mr. Antolini is green. Mr. Antolini "Listen. You got any dough, Phoeb?... 'Just Christmas dough. For my presents and all... I can lend you some,' she said." (179) Then, all of a sudden i started to cry. I couldn't help it." (179) "Then i took out my hunting hat out of my coat pocket and gave it to her. She likes those kind of crazy hats. She didn't want to take it, but i made her." (180) "I thought the carrousel was closed in the winter time, old Phoebe said. It was the first time she practically said anything. She probably forgot she was supposed to be sore at me." (210) Phoebe teaches holden to be giving when she gives him all her Christmas money and doesn't ask for anything in return. Topic Sentence: even though Mr. Spencer is Holden's oldest and maybe wisest teacher, Holden hardly learns anything from his class or what he teaches him
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