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The Catcher in the Rye

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Betty Wang

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Transcript of The Catcher in the Rye

The Carousel Scene
The Catcher in the Rye
design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi
J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield

Holden associates any hypocritical, insincere and deceptive acts with phoniness.
"How do you know if you did it because you really wanted to save guys' lives, or because what you really wanted to do was be a terrific lawyer...How would you know you weren't being a phony?"(172, chapter 22)

He often associates adults with phoniness
adults put on an act in front of people.
Not true to themselves.
concern about outward appearance to others rather than reflecting their own opinions.
The Phoniness of the Adult World
Protection of Innocence
The painfulness of growing up comes with increasing responsibility
Relationships have large impacts on people's lives
made it's way up and down the charts
unfortunately made "Top 10 Most Banned Books"
escalated to #1 on The New York Times Best Seller
constant complaints from adults because of the inappropriate content of the book
murders associated in some way with the book
book favored by people with psychotic behavior
John Lennon, killed on December 8th 1980
Rebecca Schaffer, 1989
Ronald Reagan, attempted assassination, 1981
Sally Hayes' mom: Holden thinks she is "phony" as he pictures her collecting money for charity.
The only way she could go around with a basket collecting dough would be if everybody kissed her ass for her when they made a contribution." (114)

D.B., Holden's older brother: "phony" because threw away his writing talent to write for movies in Hollywood.
"Now he's out in Hollywood, D.B., being a prostitute." (2)

Mr.Spencer, Sally Hayes, Dr.Thurmer, etc
However, Holden himself is often phony
Often lies to others about his identity
Pretends like he is older to get alcohol. Eg. The Lavender Room in the Hotel (Chapter 10)
Often deceives other people
Lied to Ernest Morrow's mother on the train when she asked about Ernest. (Chapter 8)
Told her his name is Rudolf Schmidt and he had an operation

Although Holden is correct; people are sometimes "phony," Holden's view is self destructive
Holden sees everything as black and white
Holden is very easily critical of people
16; troubled and judgemental
failed out of 4 schools
resents the adult world
He is proud of himself and his knowledge of the phoniness in the adult world. Yet he is insecure about his mental state.
two traumas that affected emotional state: death of his brother Allie and suicide of one of his schoolmates
struggles with his anxiety of growing up
Positive thoughts: Brother Allie and Sister Phoebe
Phoebe Caulfield
10 years old
the only person that understands Holden
a refuge
Allie Caulfield
Holden's brother that died of Leukemia
His death is likely the reason for Holden's behavior
Holden wants to be the "Catcher in the Rye." Where the children play in the rye near the cliff with no adults, somebody has " to catch everybody if they start to fall over the cliff." (173)
catch children before they fall out of innocence
before becoming into adults
Shows Holden's own innocence
Simplifying the world
Holden reflects his own innocence.
Over simply the world.
Children are pure
ex. Phoebe, Allie, the boy he sees singing
Helps many children throughout the book
ex. leading two children through the museum, lacing up a kid's skates, inviting him to hot chocolate
The Red Hunting Hat
symbolizes the protection of children
Allie, Phoebe
Holden fears change, dislikes complexity, and refuses to mature.
Holden tries to run away
plans to work in a ranch
running away to build a cabin near the woods
pretending to be deaf and marrying a deaf women
Holden is caught in many fantasies and not reality
ex. Museum of Natural History
never changing/moving
what Holden wants, dislikes change
“ The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move.” (Chapter 16)
"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 leave them alone."
(Chapter 16)
• unhygienic person
•he has no boundaries

• good looking athlete
• gets all the ladies
• takes advantage of people
Jane Gallagher:

Holden spent a lot of time with her during one summer
mutual respect
complicated relationship with her because he likes her


used to be Holden’s English teacher
made Holden question his own practice of making snap judgements of people.
Holden respects him
one of the only adults Holden turns to and trusts

Holden is easily affected by people around him or people he meets
Talking to Sally Hayes depressed him (Chapter 17)
The boy he saw on the street singing "if a body catch a body coming through the rye" cheered Holden up. (Chapter 16)
Holden is happy to see Phoebe most of the times throughout the book.
Holden builds a wall around himself
protect himself from the complex adult world
protects him from getting hurt the way he was after Allie's death.
psychological armour
possibly a coping mechanism after Allie died
Holden's hunting hat symbolizes independence, protection and isolation.
Although alienation protects Holden, it also harms him
Makes Holden depressed and lonely
His depression compels him to reach out to people, but always drives them away
Holden's date with Sally Hayes
Holden wants to contact Jane Gallagher, but he does not because he is "not in the mood."
flunked out of boarding school and was sent to Valley Forge Military School
born on January 1st, 1919 in New York
published Catcher in the Rye on July 16th 1951
went incognito a few years after the book was published
met Prof. Whit Burnett, an editor for Story Magazine
In order to fit in society/feel happy, and satisfied, people need to have connections and relationships with other people.
It allows one to feel at ease
Pushing away those who care results in loneliness
coming of age
losing your innocence as you mature
people often try to fit in society
see phoniness as a bad thing (black and white)
although....... phoniness = human
living in the past will get you no where
eventually have to face reality
Mr.Antolini tries to convince Holden to look at things differently.
Shows Holden the harm of his view

"This fall I think you are riding for...The whole arrangement's designed for men who...were looking for something their own environment couldn't supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn't supply them with. So they gave up looking."(187, Chapter 24)
Phoebe, the Carousel, and the Gold Ring
What are the Carousel Rings ?
While riding on a carousel
one would try and grab the gold ring when one passes it on their horse
if obtained, one wins a free ride
In the context of the novel....
Holden realizes...
you need to let the kid reach for it despite the risk of falling/injury
Growing up is necessary
cannot protect children
better to accept it

Milan O, Betty W, Janie S, Zafira S, Sarah P, Joanne C
Phoebe wants to run away with Holden
Holden refuses
Phoebe is angry at Holden until she rides the carrousel
Holden decides to not run away
He declares he is happy as he watches Phoebe on the carrousel
Phoebe reaches for the ring as she rides
Holden decides to let her do it
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