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Veiga, C - Women - 7

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Neil Sullivan

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Transcript of Veiga, C - Women - 7

Women in
The Catcher in the Rye

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As Holden Caulfield journeys from college to the city, he reflects on past lovers while encountering new types of women. Caulfield's search for intellectual interactions is apparent in the two scenes where he meets new women in the city. However, he keeps thinking of the special connection he shared with Jane Gallagher, a girl from his childhood.
When Holden Caulfield's roommate Stradlater goes on a date with his former childhood friend Jane Gallagher, Caulfield's memories of their friendship come back to him and he becomes jealous.
Jane Gallagher
Holden Caulfield explores the hotel's Lavender Room where he searches for a lady to dance with. He meets three older women and dances and attempts to talk to each of them, without success. His inability to connect with others, especially of the opposite gender is depicted in this scene.
Bernice, Marty, and Laverne
Holden Caulfield and Sally Hayes go on a date to the movies and engage in conversation after ice skating. After ranting about his college experience, New York "phonies", and about his feelings of alienation, Caulfield irrationally proposes the idea of running away and starting a new life with Sally:
"I have about a hundred and eighty bucks in the bank. I can take it out...and then I could go down and get this guy's car...we'll stay in these cabin camps...I could get a job somewhere...and, later on, we could get married" (Salinger 132).
Sally logically points out that "you can't just do something like that" (Salinger 132).
Caulfield's desperation for love is apparent in this passage and his distance from reality is shown through the contrast with Sally. Although she is not a complex character, Caulfield is unable to connect with Sally and lashes out when his ridiculous dreams are shot down by reality.
Sally Hayes
The easiness of their relationship is presented: "You never even worried, with Jane...all you knew was, you were happy. (Salinger 76)"
He reflects on their deep friendship: "She was the only one, outside my family, that I ever showed Allie's baseball mitt to. (Salinger 77)"
the girls from the Lavender Room
" 'Where you girls from? Don't answer if you don't feel like it. I don't want you to strain yourself.'
'Seattle, Washington,' she said. She was doing me a big favor to tell me.
'You're a very good conversationalist,' I told her. 'You know that?'
'What?' I let it drop. It was over her head, anyway. (Salinger 72)"
The theme of women throughout "The Catcher in the Rye" serves to develop Holden Caulfield's unique character. His distance from reality is shown in his desperate attempt at formulating an irrational future around Sally.
His longing for an intelligent companion is shown in his interactions with the women at the hotel who are unable to hold a simple conversation with him.
Last, the paradox of Holden's lifestyle is revealed by the fact that he shy's away from contacting the only woman he's connected with on a deep level, Jane Gallagher.
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