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Catcher in the Rye

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Peter Travers

on 12 January 2014

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Transcript of Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye
Holden and his peers

Robert Ackley
One of Holden's only 2 friends at Pencey
Ackley is known as disgusting and does not like to bathe
Holden goes to Ackley's room before leaving Pencey
After the fight with Stradlater, Holden seeks comfort with an unwilling Ackely.
Ackley: " What the hell was the fight about, anyhow?" (47)
"Its a long story. I dont wanna bore ya, Ackley" (47)
Shows Holden's lack of friends
Holden is resistant to actually talk to Ackley and tell him what was wrong, instead he asked pointless question like,
"What's the routine on joining a monastery" (50)
Jane is one of Holdens oldest friends,
Neighbors, checker mates
Holden still has serious feelings for Jane, and is constantly reminisces on their childhood together.
"I kept thinking about Jane..." (34)
Although he constantly thinks about her, he avoids calling her at all costs because he says hes never really in the mood
" I thought of giving old Jane a buzz, to see if she was home yet and all, but I wasnt in the mood " (105)
Sally Hayes
Girl that Holden goes on a date with to a Sunday matinee
"I wasn't too crazy about her" (pg 105)
"She gave me a pain in the ass, but she was very good looking" (Pg 106)
"The funny part is, I felt like marrying her the minute I saw her" (Pg 124)
-Holden doesn't have many people whom he gets along with, so when he realizes he's about to go on a date with this beautiful girl he is instantly filled with infatuation
After they go ice skating, they go into a bar and Holden tries to order a scotch and soda, but he's only 16 so the waiter didn't let him.
"You [Sally] give me [Holden] a royal pain in the ass, if you want to know the truth" (Pg 133)

The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger
Signifigance of Sally Hayes
In the book Sally is the only person he can call at any time
Holdens suggestion of moving to Vermont and living there with Sally shows his distance from reality and his immaturity.
Holden then loses his temper and yells at Sally, which displays his short temper.
All of these characteristics of Holden, lead to his inability to create a meaningful relationship with his peers.
Friend of Holdens from the Whooton school. At the school Luce was considered the cool kid who "knew quite a bit about sex" (143)
Holden is rgently waiting for Luce, and when he arrives he asks him "How's your sex life?" (144)
Luce then responds with "Same old Calulfield. When are you going to grow up?" (144)
This shows that Holden is immature and does not understand what is appropriate.
Holden is resistant to change with everyone else, which causes the inability to form and or keep realtionships over time.
Carl Luce
In The End
Pencey Prep Fencing
"I sort of miss evrybody I told about. Even old Stradlater and Ackley, for instance. I think I even miss that goddam Maurice. It's funny. n't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you'll start missing everybody" (Salinger 214)
In the end, Holden misses his peers, even the ones who annoyed him
The final few lines mean that once you start talking to someone, you get to know them. And when those people are gone, you miss them
The few people Holden talked to became friends in a sense whether he likes them or not, and when they left the picture, Holden misses them
Ward Stradlater, Senior at Pencey
"The Great Stadlater" (Salinger 23).
"He's got this superior attitude all the time"
"He's conceited, but he's very generous in some ways" (Salinger 24).
"Say he had a tie on that you liked a helluva lot... He'd probably take it off and give it to you" (Salinger 25).
Holden is upset with Stradlater because he is dating Jane
Stradlater and Holden fight which ultimately causes Holden to pack up and leave
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