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Catcher In the Rye - The Hero's Journey
Transcript of Catcher In the Rye - The Hero's Journey
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Call to Adventure
the situation that presents itself to a hero that inclines him to go on a journey to seek the answer or purpose of something.
"I'd like to put some sense in that head of yours, boy. I'm trying to help you. I'm trying to help you, if I can." (Salinger 14)
Threshold Guardian & Threshold
Threshold Guardian - A person or thing that helps the hero cross into a new and unfamiliar world
Threshold - a metaphorical or literal doorway the hero must cross into to get to this new world
"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." (Salinger 173)
"I felt so damn happy all of sudden, the way old Phoebe kept going around and around. I was damn near bawling, I felt so damn happy..." (Salinger 213)
"Where I want to start is the day I left Pency. "(Salinger 2)
Holden is just a naive boy who wants to find a world that he can find comfort in.
Doesn't take anything seriously
Doesn't know what to do with his life
"He knew I wasnt coming back to Pency... They kicked me out." (Salinger 4)
Some type of help given to the hero by a mentor to help make then stronger or wiser.
Mr. Spencer was the only teacher Holden cared for. As he is leaving Pency, Holden pays a visit to Mr. Spencer to say good-bye. While he is there, Mr. Spencer lectures Holden on how he has put in to effort in school or life.
Holden still doesn't show much care for his future or how he is basically a failure.
Claims he is still going through a "phase" (Salinger 15)
"But all of a sudden, I changed my mind. All of a sudden, I decided what I'd do really do, I;d get the hell out of Pencey - right that same night and all." (Salinger 51)
At first, Holden decided to wait until Wednesday when his parents got his expulsion letter but after getting into a fight with his roommate, he decides to leave
Leaving Pencey is Holden crossing into this unfamiliar world that he must face.
Pencey also acts as the threshold guardian.
The hero faces an unclear path. The hero will face dangers and fears which he/she must conquer.
"... I was feeling sort of lousy. Depressed and all. I almost wish I was dead." (Salinger 90)
Holden is still stuck. He left for New York because he can't stay at Pencey and refuses to go home because he doesn't want to see his parents disappointed for the fourth time.
Holden is not mentally prepared to move forward in his life but is forced to considering his circumstances.
What pulls the hero away from their path with fear, doubt, and distractions
"... I got old Jane Gallagher on the brain again. I got her on, and I couldn't get her off." (Salinger 76)
"I slept in the garage the night he [Allie] died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist..." (Salinger 39)
Though Holden was a boy who cared for very little, Jane and Allie are two people he truly respected and cared for. Holden is tormented by Allies death and can never seem to get Jane off of his mind.
These people act as a distraction and make it hard for Holden to focus and move on from the part.
Abyss & Revelation
Greatest challenge that the hero must face alone. In a sense, its the hero's death and rebirth.
"I swear to God I'm a mad man." (Salinger 134)
Towards the end of the story, Holden goes out on a date with Sally. While on this date, he begins to become agitated and emotionally unstable. He begins to yell at her and then feel bad but all Sally can think of is how crazy he seems.
At this point, Holden begins to realize his behavior and that he just has to go with the flow of life.He realized at this point that he was worrying, caring, and trying to help everyone but himself, leading to him failing school and mentally hurting so much.
The hero has conquered his/her fear. Final stage of rebirth.
Holden goes to see his little sister Phoebe at his parents apartment. He tells her that he want to be catcher in the rye, saving children who fall over a cliff.
Holden finally realizes what he wants to do in life. He wants to be there for other people like him and doesn't want them to be alone in the transition from childhood to adulthood.
The hero is at one with his/her "new-self"
At first Holden thinks about leaving for the West, never to see his family or Phoebe again but Phoebe asked her Holden if she can come with him. They go for a walk and while Phoebe is riding the carosuel, Holden finally feels a sense of true happiness.
Holden finally realizes that even though life may have its down, there will always be good times that can make it worth while.