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The Catcher in the Rye

by J. D. Salinger
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In chapter 16 of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield overhears a young boy singing, If a body catch a body coming through the rye. The line comes from a poem by the eighteenth-century...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2020, 1:19 pm (UTC)

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J. D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye ends with the teen antihero, Holden Caulfield, likely in some kind of mental health facility. He’s just let the reader know that everything that he’s...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2021, 3:04 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 24, Holden visits his favorite teacher at Elkton Hills, Mr. Antolini, who welcomes him into his apartment and proceeds to lecture Holden about his lack of enthusiasm regarding his...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2020, 11:46 pm (UTC)

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Holden has a strained relationship with his mother. They are both suffering painfully from the death of Allie. Holden knows he isn't helping the situation with his own self-destructive reaction to...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2021, 10:56 am (UTC)

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Holden Caulfield is portrayed as a neurotic, judgemental adolescent who has not properly coped with his traumatic past experiences and is highly critical of others. One of the most ironic aspects...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden first acted out his "bullet in the guts" routine in chapter 14, after his altercation with Maurice: About halfway to the bathroom, I sort of started pretending I...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2021, 10:45 am (UTC)

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During his conversation with Ackley in chapter 7 of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden keeps saying how lonely he feels: I didn't answer him. All I did was, I got up and went over and looked out the...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2021, 9:37 pm (UTC)

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One of the main messages in The Catcher in the Rye is that humans desperately need authentic connections with others who care about them. Holden Caulfield has become an iconic representation of the...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2021, 8:14 pm (UTC)

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Holden has a complicated relationship with girls and women that threads throughout the novel. There are the girls he wants to protect, such as Jane Gallagher, a family friend with whom he enjoys...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019, 6:03 pm (UTC)

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At the end of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield is in what appears to be a sanatorium, undergoing psychoanalysis. The final sentences of the novel are famously enigmatic: About all I know...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2020, 11:55 am (UTC)

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Holden Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye is critical of many things and nearly everyone with whom he has contact, including himself. Most of his frustration and criticism has to do with his...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2017, 4:52 am (UTC)

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Holden and Jane Gallagher were close friends, and they spent a significant amount of time over the summer in Maine hanging out and playing checkers. Although Holden is physically attracted to Jane,...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2021, 2:02 pm (UTC)

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When all is said and done, Holden Caulfield has the emotional level of a child and doesn't really belong in the adult world. His parents and his older brother, D.B., act as a constant reminder of a...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2020, 6:30 am (UTC)

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Three key scenes from The Catcher in the Rye are the following: After Holden has been expelled from Pency and his fight with Stradlater Holden's date with Sally At home with Phoebe 1. This first...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016, 5:25 am (UTC)

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To address "pastorality" in Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, defining the term would be helpful. "Pastoral" is defined as... ...portraying or expressive of the life of shepherds or country...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2012, 11:40 am (UTC)

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Holden Caulfield demonstrates maturity by changing his outlook on certain aspects of life and deciding to confront his issues instead of running away. After flunking out of Pencey Prep, Holden...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020, 4:03 pm (UTC)

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Holden often refers to Allie, his brother who died several years ago of leukemia. His death, which seems meaningless and cruel to Holden, has thrown him into a deep depression. Some quotes that...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2019, 1:38 am (UTC)

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In The Catcher in the Rye, Allie was Holden Caulfield's brother. He died tragically young of leukemia three years before the action of the book begins. Holden loved Allie dearly and has been...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2021, 11:07 am (UTC)

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Yellow in this context means cowardly, the opposite of "red blooded" and courageous. Holden uses this term repeatedly as he ruminates about himself. He frames his definition of courage in terms of...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2020, 1:58 pm (UTC)

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That Holden allows his beloved sister Phoebe is a good sign, a sign that this troubled young man is finally, at long last, starting to mature. Holden feels protective towards Phoebe, not least...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2021, 11:11 am (UTC)

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Three schools that Holden has left are mentioned in The Catcher in the Rye. The first school that Holden mentions is Pencey Prep. He starts his story on the day he left the school which is...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018, 6:41 pm (UTC)

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The record, "Little Shirley Beans", is symbolic of childhood and the sense of innocence of which Holden is afraid to let go. Fittingly, the song is "about a little kid that wouldn't...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2008, 1:42 am (UTC)

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In The Catcher in the Rye, it's fair to say that Holden's relationship with Phoebe is the only close one that he has. Whether it's his parents, teachers, or the adults that he happens to meet on a...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021, 7:58 am (UTC)

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In chapter 10 of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden is in the Lavender Room, when he notices three women sitting nearby: At the table right next to me, there were these three girls around thirty or...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2021, 9:40 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 17 of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden's neuroticism and instability are particularly marked. Never a reliable narrator, he is less reliable here than anywhere else. He admits this...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2021, 11:28 am (UTC)

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In J.D. Salinger's novel of teen angst, Holden Caulfield spends several days in New York before returning home to the reality of his having been expelled from school. While he is at Grand Central...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2014, 2:49 am (UTC)

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Many of Holden Caulfield's issues directly stem from the tragic death of his younger brother Allie, who passed away when Holden was thirteen years old. Holden has never properly coped with Allie's...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020, 12:53 pm (UTC)

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Holden doesn't approve of D.B.'s writing for Hollywood instead of being a novelist. When he calls D.B. a prostitute, he means that his brother is selling his art as a writer to the highest bidder...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2009, 9:47 am (UTC)

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The quote you're referring to is near the end of the next-to-last chapter of The Catcher in the Rye, i.e., Chapter 25. The words start in the middle of the paragraph, so it is easy to miss them. In...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2015, 2:52 am (UTC)

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In the final chapter of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden says that after he returned home, he "got sick." Then he mentions the school to which he will be sent in the fall if he gets "out of here." In...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2020, 11:35 am (UTC)

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The climax of the novel takes place in chapter 25, when Holden meets up with Phoebe and attempts to explain to her that he will be running away from home. Holden has finally decided that he will...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2020, 10:11 am (UTC)

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Two major problems collide for Holden: the survivor's guilt he experiences over his brother Allie's death and the issues of adolescence. These two originating problems lead to other issues, such as...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2020, 7:40 pm (UTC)

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Robert Burns's lyric "Coming Thro' the Rye" is the inspiration behind the title, and key theme, of Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. The song is mentioned in chapter 16 of the novel, when a child...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2021, 3:10 am (UTC)

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Holden's conversation with Mrs. Morrow on the train can be viewed in at least two ways, and it is likely that he himself does not quite know which is the accurate one. Either he is expressing...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2020, 12:36 pm (UTC)

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I am curious, though, if that's the right answer. Holden was a clever guy but his schooling was sporadic. It's possible he's confusing things. The weird part is that Salinger would write it that...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2012, 2:01 pm (UTC)

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As a traumatized, neurotic adolescent, Holden struggles to maintain friendships and engage in positive interactions with his peers, which is revealed in his attitude and perception of Ackley and...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2020, 11:51 am (UTC)

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Holden is the manager of the fencing team. In this capacity, he is in charge of all the equipment, which he says is "a very big deal". Holden had gone down to New York with the team that morning...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2009, 6:57 am (UTC)

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Holden Caulfield is a teenage boy who is struggling with his emotions. He is frequently depressed and is almost always judging others and calling people "phony." But deep down, he is really just...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2021, 4:28 am (UTC)

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Most of the people Holden encounters are unified in finding Holden exasperating. Teachers at school such as Mr. Antolini and Mr. Spencer both find Holden troubled. Sally Hayes rejects Holden's...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2020, 12:23 pm (UTC)

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Another reason Holden may admire Mercutio so much is because Mercutio exemplifies everything Holden longs to be (but is not). In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio is courageous, unpredictable, outspoken,...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2016, 3:20 pm (UTC)

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Holden Caulfield was previously attending The Whooton School and Elkton Hills. He is currently attending Pency, and he is likely to be dismissed from that school as well. Holden is going to be...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016, 1:17 pm (UTC)

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Holden and Stradlater fight because Stradlater has had a date with Jane Gallagher. Holden knows Jane and feels sorry for her because her parents were divorced and her stepfather walked around her...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2016, 12:11 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 25, Holden begins to lose his grip on reality and visits Phoebe's school to give her a note about meeting him at the Museum of Art. While Holden is walking toward the principal's office...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020, 8:53 pm (UTC)

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Holden is a troubled adolescent struggling to find himself after the traumatic death of his younger brother, but his attitude toward money reflects the complete carelessness of a person who has...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2021, 12:46 pm (UTC)

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Holden wants to "feel" a goodbye when he is leaving Pencey Prep in order to acknowledge that a phase of his life is over: I was trying to feel some kind of good-bye. I mean I’ve left schools and...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2020, 12:41 pm (UTC)

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Holden is making another of his close observations about other people; how they act, how they behave, how they dress. In this case, he's referring to Mrs. Morrow's penchant for wearing lots of...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2019, 12:33 pm (UTC)

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Holden has recently failed out of school and is dreading facing his parents and himself. He wanders around the city to avoid going home early and alerting his parents that something is wrong. He...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2020, 3:45 pm (UTC)

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Holden Caulfield is depicted as a neurotic, cynical adolescent, who has experienced trauma and is extremely critical of his peers, adults, and popular American culture. Holden views the majority of...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2020, 12:43 am (UTC)

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Besides being a term of endearment, Holden's calling his sister old Phoebe indicates that he has known her for a long time, that he knows and understands her very well, and that he likes almost...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2012, 4:28 pm (UTC)

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The loss of his brother Allie profoundly affects Holden because he will no longer allow himself to connect with other people after this tragedy. Also, rather than seek a complicated judgment for...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2017, 11:33 am (UTC)

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