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DEATH
Holden's Death
Other's Death
Catcher in the Rye Paper Planning Prezi
Death in Slang
Freezing to Death
pg. 6- "Holden!" Mrs. Spencer said. "How lovely to see you! Come in, dear! Are you frozen to
death
?"
It's really cold at Pencey, and Holden's been standing outside for a while waiting for her to come to the door.
Egyptians
pg. 11-"Modern science would still like to know what the secret ingredients were that the Egyptians used when they wrapped up
dead
people so that their faces would not rot for innumerable centuries."
Holden wants to know how to preserve Allie like that, even though Allie has been buried for a while.
At Pencey
pg. 14- "Do you feel absolutely no concern for your future, boy?"
"Oh, I feel some concern for my future, all right. Sure. Sure, I do." I thought about it for a minute. "But not too much, I guess. Not too much, I guess."
"You will," old Spencer said. "You will, boy. You will when it's too late."
I didn't like hearing him say that. It made me sound
dead
or something."
Holden's unfeeling towards his future maybe makes Spencer think about something that happened to him, like maybe he or a family member had no regard for their future, and they ended up falling with no one to catch them, and Spencer doesn't want that to happen to Holden, but Holden takes it the wrong way, and thinks more that Spencer is trying to depress him more.
Isak Dinesen
pg. 18-"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though. I wouldn't mind calling this Isak Dinesen up. And Ring Lardner, except that D.B. told me he's
dead
."
Holden wants to call Dinesen, but he is dead, so Holden can't. This signifies the loss of hope, chance, and Holden being alone, like when he wants to call up Jane, but he is scared that the old Jane that kept her kings in the back row is dead, like Dinesen.
pg. 23- "At Pencey, you either froze to death or died of the heat." Pencey is all about extremes- at the school it seems that you are at either extreme all the time, not somewhere in the middle.
Half Nelsons
pg. 30- "I felt like jumping off the washbowl and getting old Stradlater in a half nelson. That's a wrestling hold, in case you don't know, where you get the other guy around the neck and choke him to
death
, if you feel like it." Holden, because Stradlater is going out with Jane, wants to hurt Stradlater because he wants to keep his memory of Jane pure and just how it was.
Dropping Dead
pg.31- "'I'm thinking... Uh. Jane Gallagher.' Boy, I nearly dropped
dead
when he said that." Holden 'drops
dead
' because he can't imagine Stradlater going out with Jane, the Jane he knew, who kept all her kings in teh back row of the checker board.
pg. 31- "'
Jane
Gallagher,' I said. I even got up from the washbowl when he said that. I damn near dropped
dead
." Holden is shocked because the Jane he knows in his head would never go out with a guy like Stradlater.
Allie
pg. 38- "He's (Allie) dead now. He got leukemia and died when we were up in Maine, on July 18, 1946." Holden is still hurting from Allie's death, but he tries to pass it off as a fact becuase if he puts any emotion into it at all it will hurt too much.
pg. 39- "I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddamn windows with my fist, just for the hell of it. I even tried to break all the windows on the station wagon we had that summer, but my hand was already broken and everything by that time,..." Holden felt abandoned, and wanted to hurt other things, even though he ended up hurting himself more than the other things.
pg. 48- "I felt so lonesome, all of a sudden. I almost I wished I was dead." Holden feels lonely becuase everyone in his life leaves him or sends him away. His parents sent him to boarding school, seperating him from Phoebe. Allie died, Jane moved and went to a different school, and he keeps moving around from school to school himself.
Dancing
pg. 72- "You're about as good as she is, and she can dance better than anybody living or dead." Holden is talking to the girl in the lavender room in the hotel, referencing Phoebe to the girl. Holden may also be saying that Phoebe can dance better than he or Allie ever could, because Holden's living and Allie's dead.
Bored to death
pg. 87- "But I certainly wasn't going to sit down at a table with old Lillian Simmons and that Navy guy an be bored to death." Holden has a short attention span, and a short temper, and the thought of being around Lillian Simmons and her date makes him extremely bored, which he came to the bar to escape in the first place. He will be killed with the boredom if he stays with Lillian. He might actually commit suicide later, more than just thinking of it.
Dead Cigars
pg. 90- "The whole lobby was empty. It smelled like 50 million dead cigars." Holden is saying cigars that have been finished. He could be refrencing how he feels, because he feels done himself, then goes to think about suicide.
Suicidal Thinking
pg. 90- "I wasn't sleepy or anything, but I was feeling sort of lousy. Depressed and all. I almost wished I was dead." Holden wishes he was dead because he is so depressed. He is suicidal, and the only think keeping him from acting is the thought of Phoebe losing both Holden and Allie, and not wanting people to see his bloody, broken body on the sidewalk.
Jesus
pg. 99- "Take the Disciples, for instance. They annoy the hell out of me, if you want to know the truth. They were all right after Jesus was dead and all, but while He was alive, they were about as much use to Him as a hole in the head." Holden, because he has no friends. The Disciples, to him, becasue he is lonely, are terrible. Jesus, when he died, got a whole lot of attention, which is what Holden wants.
Shows
pg. 125-126- "I couldn't get very interested. I mean I didn't care too much when anybody in the family died or anything. They were all just a bunch of actors." Holden has outgrown his creativity, and cannot just watch the show and imagine that it is real, and that it isn't actors. He has forced himself to see the real life, not the imaginative.
Smoking
pg. 127- " Strictly Ivy League. Big deal. He was standing next to the wall, smoking himself to death and looking bored as hell." Holden doesn't like the guy, so he takes the action the boy is doing, smoking, something Holden does all the time, and turns it around so the guy is killing himself.
Escape Fantasies
pg. 132- "And did you ever stop to think what you'd do if you
didn't
get a job when your money ran out? We'd
starve
to death." Holden is talking about his escape fantasy with Sally, and she shoots him down, putting him back into his depression when she says that they'd starve to death if their money ran out and he didn't get a job.
Die at Pond
pg. 154- "I thought probably I'd get pneumonia and die. I started picturing millions of jerks coming to my funeral and all." Holden is sitting with ice in his hair, considering just letting himself die of pneumonia, just because it would be painless, mostly.
pg. 155- "They all came when Allie died, the whole goddamn stupid bunch of them. Holden is remembering what happened when Allie died, and is wondering that if he died, if they would all come back for his funeral.
pg. 155- "Anyway, I kept worrying that I was getting pneumonia, with all those hunks of ice in my hair, and that I was going to die. I felt sorry as hell for my mother and father." Holden almost wants to die, but he feels bad for his parents when they figure out that two of their sons died. His mother is already not taking Allie's death well, and he is sorry for the grief he will cause them if he dies.
Holden's Funeral
pg. 155- "Then I thought about the whole bunch of them sticking me in a goddamn cemetary and all, with my name on this tombstone and all. Surrounded by dead guys. Boy, when you're dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die, somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something." Holden has no sense of self-worth, so he hopes when he dies that someone will do what he would do to himself: dump him in a river and pretend he never existed in the first place.
pg. 155- "Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody." Holden doesn't think that flowers are good for anything, and he wants nobody to bring him flowers. They bring a false sense of happiness to an extremely depressing situation, and almost makes it seem more depressing.
pg. 155- "In the first place, I certainly don't enjoy seeing him in that crazy cemetery. Surrounded by dead guys and tombstones." Holden is uncomfortable visiting cemetery because he doesn't think that he belongs in one when he dies.
Phoebe's feelings on Holden Dying (what Holden thinks)
pg. 156- "I started thinking how old Phoebe would feel if I got pneumonia and died." Phoebe is the one thing that is really keeping him tied to life.
pg. 156- "Anyway, I couldn't get that off my mind, so finally what I figured I'd do, I figured I'd better sneak home and see her in case I died and all." Holden wants to visit Phoebe to say goodbye before he dies, but a tiny part of him is thinking that Phoebe will take care of him and keep him from dying.
James Castle
pg. 170- "Then I heard everybody running through the corrider and down the stairs, so I put on my bathrobe and I ran downstairs too, and there was old James Castle laying right on the stone steps and all. He was dead, and his teeth and blood were all over the place, and nobody would even go near him." Everybody is scared of death at that time, and would not go near James' broken body. Holden was scared of death then, too.
pg. 171- "'Allie's
dead
- You always say that! If somebody's dead and everything and in
heaven
, then it isn't really-'
'I know he's dead. Don't you think I know that? I can still like him, though, can't I? Just becasue somebody's dead, you don't stop liking them, for god's sake- Especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that're
alive
and all.'" Phoebe is asking Holden about what he likes, and he is saying that he likes Allie more than the people he knows that are still alive. This demonstrates that he wants to die so he can be with Allie again.
Crying with Phoebe
pg. 179- "I thought I was going to choke to death or something." Holden thought he was going to die right in front of Phoebe, and instead he just started to cry. He was sad that he thought he was going to leave his parents and Phoebe, going out west and living a lonely life.
pg. 195- "And how he (Mr. Antolini) went to all that trouble giving me that advice about finding out the size of your mind and all and how he was the only guy that'd even gone
near
that boy James Castle I told you about when he was dead." Mr. Antolini was not scared of death, so he brought James to the infirmary when he jumped out the window. Then he went all creeptastic on Holden and made Holden more scared to die, because if that is what happens when he was not scared to die Holden didn't want to die anymore.
"F**k You" Homicide
pg. 201- "I kept picturing myself catching him at it, and how I'd smash his head on the stone steps till he was good and goddamn dead, and bloody." Holden is really angry at the guy who was writing f**k you on the walls at Phoebe's elementary school, and he wants to kill the guy for taking away the little kids' innocence.
pg. 203- "You know. The
mum
mies-them dead guys that get buried in them toons and all." The boy is talking about the dead guys, but his concept of their death and burial is messed up. He thinks they are in toons, not tombs. He doesn't fully understand death like Holden does, and that makes Holden think he is cute.
pg. 204- "I think, even, if I ever die, and they stick me in a cemetary, and I have a tombstone and all, it'll say ' Holden Caulfield,' and then what year I was born, and what year I died, and then right under that it'll say 'Fuck you.'" Holden is so upset about all the f**k yous in the world, he knows that the world's gonna bite him in the ass and put f**k you on his tombstone so everybody knows him as the guy with that on his tombstone.
Collapsing
pg. 204- "I mean I could have killed myself when I hit the floor, but all I did was kind of land on my side." Holden is lucky, because he has kind of decided that he doesn't want to die anymore, but he puts his life in danger by collapsing in the bathroom.
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