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The Catcher in the Rye
Transcript of The Catcher in the Rye
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“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. 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's all I 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.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
“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.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
"The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one."
– The words of poet and psychoanalyst Wilhelm Steckel, passed on to Holden by his former teacher Mr. Antolini
By Katelyn Quino
Narrator & Protagonist of "The Catcher in the Rye".
16 year old junior who flunks out of Pency Prep for the fourth time.
Son of a very wealthy New York Family.
Totally alienated from society as a whole.
Basically an adolescent struggling with idea of growing up.
Has some sort of guilt to Allie's death.
An expert in identifying phonies.
A great phony himself.
Has an obsession with protecting innocence.
Wants to be
the catcher in the rye
Throughout the novel, he's standing between childhood, and adult hood.
Terrified of growing up.
*Both described as
Mentioned to be always "Nervous as hell".
Constantly with a headache & doesn't sleep well.
Loss of her youngest son, Allie leaves her grieving and traumatized.
Former Catholic, but left religion after getting married.
Very strict and cares a lot about Holden's image.
Wants Holden to attend Yale or even Harvard after High School.
Holden's older brother.
Served in the army.
Author of "The secret Goldfish".
Goes from being a regular writer to a famous screenwriter in Hollywood.
Is seen as a prostituting his talents by writing for Hollywood movies.
Very distant from Holden.
Holden's pretty redheaded ten year old sister.
Very straight forward and independent.
Holden's favorite person and one of the few people he likes.
Her child-like innocence is one of Holden’s only main sources of happiness throughout the novel.
Bright, creative, and seen to be well-organized.
Loves to write books about a fictional girl detective named Hazle Weatherfield. (Never finishes them)
Is the only one who really recognizes Holden's struggles.
Holden's former English teacher at Elkton Hills School.
Teaches at New York University.
"The best teacher" Holden's ever had.
Very clever, sympathic, and likable.
Holden respects him a lot & looks to him for some sort of guidance.
Is a heavy drinker.
Invites Holden over toward the end of the novel, but is later seen as a pervert when Holden wakes up suddenly due to him patting him on the head.
Tells Holden that he's headed for a terrible fall and how he envisions him dying for no reason.
Wrote down a quote on a paper for him:
"The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one."
Red Hunting Hat
Holden's red hunting hat is one of the most important and recognizable symbols in the novel. This hat basically symbolizes Holden's own individuality as a person. In other words, it demonstrates his desire to stand out and be differ from everyone around him. At the same time, Holden's very conscious about the hat; throughout the novel he always mentions when he's wearing it and when he's not. In addition it's a reminder of Allie and Phoebe's hair because its the color red. Over all, the hats presence represents Holden's conflict of his need to alienate from society.
In the novel, Holden clearly tells the reader the symbolic meaning of the museum and it's displays. He states that the museum draws to him since it's "frozen and unchanging". He also mentions that he doesn't like the idea of change, because he wants everyone around him to stay the same. By this he refers to maintaining innocence and not wanting the people he cares about to become corrupt. Essentially, the museum embodies the world and life Holden wishes he could be part of.
The ducks in the Central Park Lagoon
The ducks in the Central Park Lagoon are symbolic in various ways. Since the ducks disappear every winter, but return every spring, it signifies that change doesn't last forever. Or in other words, that change is only temporary. In addition to that, the pond is settled between two changes, which are childhood and adulthood.
Allie's Baseball Glove
Even though Allie's left-handed baseball glove is physically a small object, it's a very significant symbol in the novel, "The Catcher in the Rye". The glove itself, represents Holden's strong love and affection for his brother named Allie who died of leukemia. Not to mention it also characterizes Allie's personality, his interests, and importance in the novel.
Phoebe, the Carousel, and the Golden Ring
The carousel ride during the end of the novel is one of the most important symbols. To begin with, simply just watching Phoebe ride the carousel and watch her reach for the golden ring makes Holden truly happy. On a carousel you have ups and downs, just like in real life. Not to mention that during that carousel ride you have the chance to reach out and grab the golden ring, or the otherwise known as the big prize. But remember that when you try this, you also have a great chance of falling. This clearly symbolizes life, taking risks, and growing up. If you fall, you fall and you get right back up again. In general, the carousel represents Holden's final acceptance that everyone must grow up, because it's part of life.
The most dominating theme in "The Catcher in the Rye" is the protection of innocence, especially when it comes to children. Throughout the entire book, Holden sees innocence as a precious feature that should never be lost from someone, especially from a child. In order to protect innocence, Holden envisions him to being "The catcher in the Rye", which is clearly the title of the book. In detail, he sees himself standing a cliff next to a field of rye. In that field of rye, its said that children are playing and are simply in their childhood stage. Now, if they should come too close to the edge of the cliff by him, his job would be to catch them. Overall the theme of innocence, is an obsession for Holden, since all he wants to do is keep everyone from losing it and becoming corrupt. Either way we al know that can't be done because losing your innocence is part of growing up, which he's scared of doing.
This quote clearly refers to the symbol given off by the museum, which is Holden's desire for everything, and everyone around him to remain "frozen and unchanging". On the other hand, this quote gives you a better incite of this desire, because all Holden wants to do is basically keep them in a big glass case displayed in the museum so they can never change. Holden's afraid of change, so what he wants to do is keep everyone, and everything in one place so it stays the same without ever changing. In addition, this also has to deal with innocence and him wanting to preserve that.
This specific quote claerly describes what Holden wants to be, which is "The Catcher in the Rye". In this quote he goes on to describe the catchers actual job and what he must do. Its said that as the catcher he must catch any child who to close to the edge of the cliff, or even falling. In other words, his job is to stop any child who's growing up and losing their innocence, and put them back in the field of rye where he thinks they should remain. To him, being able to preserve childhood and innocence could be one of the most amazing things and something he would actually enjoy doing.
This quote is given to Holden on a piece of paper by Mr. Antolini toward the end of the book. Before Mr.Antolini gives Holden this quote to keep, he tells Holden how he sees him experiencing a terrible fall in the future. This quote, basically refers to the difference of dying as a mature or immature man. This includes Holden because, as his own choice he's choosing to be the immature man, and not try at all. Then again, he also has the choice Mr. Antolini wants him to take which is to be mature man who knows they tried they're best before giving up.