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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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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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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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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 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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The quote from the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Stekel is read to Holden by Mr. Antolini in chapter 24. It is: The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2012 2:38 am 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'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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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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The point that Holden is trying to make when he elaborates about suitcases is that people judge others by the kind of suitcases they carry. He says, "...it's really hard to be roommates with...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2009 7:21 am 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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The title of the novel refers to the narrator and central character, Holden Caulfield. We learn this quite late on the book, when he visits his kid sister Phoebe. Holden, a high school dropout,...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2013 10:45 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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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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Holden's fixation is on holding off adulthood/maturity and death. His younger brother Allie has died and Holden's response is deep and thoroughly impacting emotionally and psychologically. We see...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2013 6:09 pm UTC

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Holden meets up with his former student advisor from Whooton, "Old Luce," at a bar in New York. This conversation largely deals with the boundaries between childhood and adulthood, which is...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2017 9:36 pm UTC

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Because Holden is in crisis in Catcher in the Rye, he seems to always feel the necissity to create reality (lie) rather than tell the truth. There are dozens of examples which illustrate his...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2012 9:54 pm 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 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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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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Holden Caulfield is depicted as a neurotic, naive adolescent who is critical of others and desperately fears becoming an adult. While there are many aspects of Holden's personality and perspective...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 8:03 pm 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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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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Among Holden's many character traits is indecisiveness. Here is a young man, not unlike Hamlet in this regard, who finds it difficult if not outright impossible to make a firm decision and stick to...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2021 10:59 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 suffers internal conflict from survivor's guilt over his brother Allie's death. He misses him greatly and is grieved he could not protect him, and this conflict manifests in his actions: I...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 6:35 pm 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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Holden Caulfield is portrayed as a cynical, jaded teenager who is extremely judgmental and critical of others. As a traumatized, neurotic adolescent, Holden fears growing up and entering the...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 2:53 pm UTC

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Here’s the important thing to know about Holden in chapter 20: he is very, very drunk. At the start of the chapter, he is sitting in a bar “waiting for old Tina and Janine to come out,” but they...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2021 8:00 pm UTC

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During Holden's conversation with Spencer, his teacher asks Holden what Dr. Thurmer said to him in the office concerning him leaving Pencey. Holden responds by saying that Dr. Thurmer talked about...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2017 2:09 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 Catcher in the Rye" is a coming of age story. It involves understanding the main character, Holden Caulfield's anxiety at becoming a young adult. Holden is challenged by the responsibility...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2009 7:59 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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To put it mildly, Holden Caulfield is not a fan of Pencey Prep. After being kicked out of the boarding school for failing four out of the five classes he was enrolled in and for not better applying...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 7:13 am 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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In chapter four, Holden's roommate Stradlater prepares to go on a date with Jane Gallagher, who is one of Holden's close friends and someone he deeply admires. While Stradlater is shaving, Holden...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2020 4:15 pm UTC

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Actually you may have been thinking of the place in Chapter 2 where Holden remembers leaving Elkton Hills while he is talking to Mr. Spencer. One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2013 6:47 pm UTC

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As some of the other posts suggest, I believeThe Catcher in the Ryeis about self-awareness and perception, which is a big capacity for high school students to learn and develop. Self-awareness,...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2012 4:57 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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J. D. Salinger felt obliged to explain how a sixteen-year-old boy who had been kicked out of three prep schools and had virtually no high-school education would be capable of writing a novel like...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 12:12 pm UTC

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Holden can be a "catcher" he can use his desire to preserve innocence by becoming a teacher who inspires students. He can encourage children to embrace their youthful imagination and really help...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2009 8:57 am UTC

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In chapter 17, Holden is on a date with Sally Hayes, who is portrayed as a superficial, materialistic girl, and they decide to go skating at Radio City. After briefly skating on the ice, Holden and...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2018 11:54 am UTC

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Phoebe is riding a carousel and reaches for a golden ring in hopes of winning a prize. Holden watches as his sister risks her safety by reaching for the...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2017 9:09 am UTC

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Here are some quotations from Chapter 6 about Holden's fight with Stradlater: After asking if Stradlater gave Jane "the time" in Ed Banksy's car, this is what Holden says: "The next part I don't...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2015 3:11 pm 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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Holden Caulfield is grieving the loss of his brother. Back in the 1940s and 1950s, people didn't talk about their feelings or traumatic events in public, and there was a bad stigma toward anyone...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016 4:44 am 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, having made a date with Sally Hayes (whom he thinks of as a phony), sees two nuns with cheap suitcases in a place where is having breakfast. One nun is carrying a straw basket of the type...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2018 12:24 am UTC

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Holden describes himself as sixteen but trying to look older. He constantly smokes and tries to drink alcohol. He keeps trying to pick up women. He constantly wears a hunting cap—as he calls it, a...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2019 12:00 pm UTC

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