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Holden

Honors English Project
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Victoria Castillo

on 6 February 2014

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Transcript of Holden

Holden
What Is The Setting Of The Novel?
The setting takes place in New York City, "I've lived in New York all my life," (Salinger 154). Throughout the novel, Holden travels to different places as he tries to find out who he suppose to be. He visits Central Park, The Wicker Bar, The Edmont Hotel, The Apartment on 71st Street, Ernie's Club, all located in New York City. In fact, this novel has made the locations listed above famous. All through the book, Holden never leaves New York.
If Holden Were A Color, What Color Would He Be?
Black: a mysterious color that is typically associated with the unknown or the negative. When Mr. Antolini was talking with Holden about his future, Holden didn't have much to say," 'Apparently he'd [Holden's dad] just had a letter from your latest headmaster, to the effect that you were making absolutely no effort at all.' I didn't feel at all like discussing it. 'Frankly, I don't know what the hell to say to you, Holden.' 'I know. I'm very hard to talk to. I realize that,' " (Salinger 186). Mr. Antolini was trying desperately to help Holden out and Holden didn't want to talk about it; didn't seem to want his help.
His response seemed very sarcastic and negative.
Throughout the whole book, it seems as though
Holden doesn't like to talk about his future and
the unknown because he doesn't know at all what
to do next.
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What Makes Holden Happy In The Novel?
If Holden Were An Automobile, What Would He Be?
What Is The Major Conflict In The Novel?
What Disappoints Or Makes Holden Sad In The Novel?
What Is One Major Event In The Novel?
What Is Holden's Mental State In The
What Is Something In The Novel
Who Is A Major Character In The Novel?
Why Is
The Catcher in the Rye
The Title Of The Book?
If Holden Were An Ice Cream Flavor, What Would He Be?
Is Holden A Reliable Narrator?
If Holden Were An Animal, What
Works Cited
Salinger, J.D.
The Catcher in the Rye.
York: Little, Brown and Company, 1951.Print.
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Holden would be a junk car that no longer runs. Holden has been figuratively broken for a while; getting kicked out of schools consecutively. This has effected the way he is able to function in his everyday life. " 'Well...they'll [Holden's parents] be pretty irritated about it,' I said. 'They really will. This is about the fourth school I've gone to.' I shook my head,' " (Salinger 9). Holden doesn't want to tell his parents about getting kicked out of school, because he has been kicked out of so many times before. He is unable to carry on- he has no idea what to do next- just like the car is unable to run anymore, being broken so many times.
A
lot
makes Holden sad throughout the book. One reoccurring thing that makes Holden depressed is when other people have worse lives than he does. For example, when Holden meets Sunny he feels bad for her, "I thought of her going in a store and buying it, and nobody in the store knowing she was a prostitute and all. The salesman probably just thought she was a regular girl when she bought it. It made me feel sad as hell- I don't know why exactly," (Salinger 96). Another instance where he felt bad for someone was when he was talking with the two nuns, "All the two of them were eating for breakfast was toast and coffee. That depressed me. I hate it if I'm eating bacon and eggs or something and somebody else is only eating toast and coffee," (Salinger 110). Lastly, Holden feels bad for others that have crumby jobs, "The bellboy that showed me to the room was this very old guy around sixty-five. He was even more depressing than the room was. What a gorgeous job for a guy around sixty-five years old. Carrying people's suitcases and waiting around for a tip. I supposed he wasn't too intelligent or anything, but it was terrible anyway," (Salinger 61).
One major event in the novel is when Holden actually expresses his feelings- which is quite rare. When Holden visited Phoebe in her room he got emotional after she offered all of her Christmas money to him, "Then, all of a sudden, I started to cry. I couldn't help it. I did it so nobody could hear me, but I did it. It scared the hell out of old Phoebe when I started doing it..." (Salinger 179). This is such a big event because Holden finally let out what he was feeling. It was the closest he came to expressing himself in this whole situation he was in. Also, Phoebe is the one of the few characters in the book who actually try to get him on his feet again.
Holden is on the brink of insanity during these two chapters. Although he has been kicked out of schools numerous times and been through similar situations, there is something different within this situation where he's not in his right mind. "I had this feeling that I'd never get to the other side of the street. I thought I'd just go down down down and nobody'd ever see me again...I'd make believe that i was talking to my brother Allie. I'd say to him 'Allie don't let me disappear, please Allie'. And when I'd reach the other side of the street without disappearing, I'd thank him," (Salinger 197-198). There is certainly something wrong with Holden if he feels that he's going to disappear and he's asking for help from his dead brother. Again it is observable that Holden is not healthy, "I almost fell over when she said that. I swear to God I did. I got sort of dizzy and thought I was going to pass out or something again," (Salinger 206).

Throughout the book, Holden seems to really fixate on where the ducks go when the pond is frozen over. This could symbolize him trying to figure out what he's doing with his own life. "The ducks. Do you know, by any chance? I mean does somebody come around in a truck or something and take them away or do they fly away by themselves- go south of something?" (Salinger 81-82). The ducks symbolize Holden and the pond freezing over symbolizes the problems Holden has in his life. Where the ducks go and if they get assistance from others while the pond is frozen symbolize where Holden is suppose to go and how he will get there. "I figured I'd go to that little lake and see what the hell the ducks were doing, see if they were around or not...but I didn't see a single duck," (Salinger 153-154). The fact that Holden sees no ducks could foreshadow that his problems will be solved, just like the ducks figured out what to do when the pond froze.
Phoebe plays a very important role in this book. She serves as basically the only person that really understands Holden's situation and cares about his future. She offers Holden all the money she has so that Holden can go back to the station, " 'Hey, I don't need all this, just give me two bucks is all no kidding-here,' I tried to give it back
to her but she wouldn't take it. 'You can take it all. You can pay me back. Bring it to the play,' " (Salinger 179). By doing this, it shows how generous Phoebe is and how she wants to help out her brother. She is also one of the first people in the novel that tries to point Holden in the right direction, " 'You don't like
any
thing that's happening,' 'Yes I do. Yes I do.
Sure
I do. Don't say that. Why the hell do you say that?' 'Because you don't. You don't like any schools. You don't like a million things. You
don't,
' " (Salinger 169). Phoebe is only a little kid, so the way that she tries to help Holden is through getting him to realize he needs change in his life. She tries to make him figure out what he really likes since she says he doesn't like anything, almost challenging him to prove her wrong.
This novel is called The Catcher in the Rye for a very simple reason. Holden first comes across those lines when he saw a little boy singing in the street, "He was walking in the street, instead on the sidewalk, but right next to the curb...The whole time he was singing and humming... His parents payed no attention to him" (Salinger 115). The little boy in the street was simply a little kid without a worry in the world. Seeing that made Holden happier. Later in the book, Holden describes what he wants to be in life, "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'd 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," (Salinger 173). Holden doesn't want to deal with school or his parents or life really; basically the only thing he wants to do is watch innocent kids playing around and be there to protect them if anything happens. This might be connected to how he always wanted to protect his brother Allie.
Holden is not a reliable narrator. There are many clues in the book that lead to this conclusion. One clue is, "That's all I am going to tell you about... I don't feel like it. I really don't. That stuff doesn't interest me too much right now," (Salinger 213). This shows that Holden only tells what he wants to tell ; he could have left out anything that he wanted to. Also, this book takes place in the past, and Holden is looking back and telling the story. He could have easily forgotten something or remembered events incorrectly .
Novel During Chapters 24-25?
That Could Be Considered
A Symbol?
If Holden were an ice cream flavor, he would be butter pecan. Just like butter, Holden melts when things get too hot. Instead of standing up for himself when Maurice confronted him, he used his "yellowness" as an excuse and got robbed by Maurice anyway. By just that little confrontation, Holden melted by the pressure as he realized just how much trouble hes gotten into, "What I really felt like, though, was committing suicide. I felt like jumping out the window. I probably would've done it too, if I'd been sure somebody'd cover me up as soon as I landed," (Salinger 104). Like the pecans, Holden adds a bit of nuttiness to the novel. One of many examples of Holden's weirdness is how he acts when he's drunk, "When I was
really
drunk, I started that stupid business with the bullet in my guts again. I was the only guy at the bar with a bullet in their guts. I kept putting my hand under my jacket, on my stomach and all, to keep to blood from dripping all over the place. I didn't want anyone to know I was even wounded," (Salinger 150).
Phoebe, Holden's sister, makes him happy. Any time Phoebe is mentioned in the book, he is always in a better mood, or says he feels better. "I certainly felt like talking to her on the phone, someone with sense and all." (Salinger 66). Holden takes comfort in talking to Phoebe, and he feels like she is one of the only people that really understands him."You'd like her, I mean if you tell old Phoebe something, she knows exactly what the hell
you're talking about."(Salinger 67). She is the
one character in the book that Holden really
trusts and admires.
A major conflict in the novel is that Holden gets kicked out of Pencey. Holden has gotten kicked out of schools before, but Pencey really pushed him over the edge. Many other conflicts in the book have stemmed from his being kicked out of school. One of these conflicts includes is drinking, "Boy, I sat at that goddam bar till around one o'clock or so, getting dunk as a bastard. I could hardly see straight." (Salinger 150). Another conflict that was brought on by getting kicked out of Pencey is his extreme depression. "I felt so depressed, you can't imagine.
What I did, I started talking, sort of out loud, to Allie. I do
that sometimes when I get very depressed." (Salinger 98).
Along with excessive drinking and depression, it becomes
real to Holden that he has no idea what to do with his life.
He feels completely lost. These are just some of the problems
that Holden has after the major conflict of getting kicked out of Pencey.
Would He Be?
Holden would be a cheetah because cheetahs are the world's fastest land mammals and Holden runs away from all of his problems instead of trying to solve them. Instead of going home to his parents, Holden roams the streets of New York City, not confronting the massive problem that he got kicked out of his fifth school. Also, cheetahs hunt only when they need to to avoid wasting energy. Holden is sort of like this too. Several times does Holden say he's going to call up Jane, but he never does; he only does things when he's in the mood to, "Then I thought of giving Jane Gallagher a buzz...but I didn't feel like it," (Salinger 59). Lastly, cheetahs are not pack animals; they travel in small groups of two or three. Holden travels by himself, only sometimes getting together with old acquaintances or with Phoebe.
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