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Catcher in the Rye
Transcript of Catcher in the Rye
What are foil characters?
Foil characters are defined as: "Minor characters whose situations or actions parallel those of a major character, and thus by contrast sets off or illuminates the major character"
Fletcher, Calley. "Fiction." Baylor AP English Rhetorical Terms: Fiction. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Sept. 2013.
Holden's history teacher
Holden's old friend from school
Holden's old teacher
Let's take a look at how the minor characters may only appear briefly in the book, yet have a big effect on the protagonist.
Holden's older brother whom he admires very much, until the moment when Holden thinks of him as a phony because "he's out in Hollywood, D.B., being a prostitute." (2). Along the same lines, when Holden arrives at the Greenwich Village nightclub called Ernie’s, he suddenly realizes that being adult carries "depressing and phony conversations"; Holden uses these type of descriptions as a way of judging himself without noticing (a subconcious remark to hide how he feels).
'Ol Spencer was Holden's history teacher at Pencey who was the father figure he didn't really have. After getting notified at Pencey, Holden went to visit him and has his wake up call, the moment he begins wondering about the ducks in the frozen pond. Mr. Spencer notes, "I'd like to put some sense in that head of yours, boy. I'm trying to help you, if I can." (p.14)
Sunny is the prostitute that the elevator guy pimps. She shows that Holden is not ready for the level of intimacy that is required to have sex. He sees Sunny as a child since she has the tendency to act nervous when talking, as he stated, "She crossed her legs and started jiggling this one foot up and down. She was very nervous, for a prostitute." Holden doesn't want to have that commitment that one must have when having sexual intercourse as he felt nervous and pity for her. He doesn't want this mainly because he feels that if he did then things would get more troubled than they already are.
Luz Moreno Ruby Soto
Irlanda Tapia Emmanuel Noveron
Carl Luce is one of Holden's childhood friend who used to be immature. As Carl Luce grew up he became "mature" where as Holden uses him as an excuse to act immature. Carl Luce is one of the characters that tells Holden to grow up since when they meet up all Holden wants to talk about is about their sexual life. Carl is one of the few people that can actually make Holden open up, since at this point Holden is trying to have fun rather than be a stick in the mud.