Holden reveals flaws in his own character as well as condemning them in the rest of the world. There, he spends an evening dancing with three tourist girls and has a clumsy encounter with a prostitute ; his attitude toward the prostitute a girl his own age changes the minute she enters the room, and after he tells her he just wants to talk, she becomes annoyed with him and leaves. He justifies his cause to us. Well, the future is the problem. Pencey Prep is an all boys school. Instead he chooses to say goodbye to Spencer, his history teacher, who knows that Holden is not coming back to Pencey. Sunny is all but his age, and Holden suddenly has second thoughts.
Holden still stayed sitting on the bench even while it wasraining because he didn't really care about getting wet because hewas happy about being with his sister and he said he liked thesight of watching his sister going around and around on thecarrousel, he said it was such a n … ice sight. His brother, Allie, died of Leukemia years before. He is flunking another private school and decides to leave and the events follow that. Spencer truly sees potential in Holden, but worries that Holden won't realize how badly he is messing up his life until it is too late. Robert Ackley Holden's dorm neighbor at Pencey is a regular annoyance. He lectures Spencer on the need to do something with his life. She demands more money than was originally agreed upon and when Holden refuses to pay he is beaten by her pimp, Maurice despite her encouraging him to simply threaten the money out of him and leave.
He calls complete strangers at night, constantly thinks of his sister Phoebe, his brother Allie, and his old friend Jane. As she watches his sister riding it in the rain, Holden finally feels some joy and fulfillment. Spencer is not really listening. Holden may be telling more about himself than he is about Mr. He wrote this terrific book of short stories, The Secret Goldfish, in case you never heard of him. He thinks about calling Jane, but changes his mind. This post is part of the series: The Catcher in the Rye Study Guide.
My opinion is that censorship is a little extreme for this book. I'm not too crazy about sick people, anyway. Spencer and, to some degree, Selma Thurmer, Holden displays contempt for every character he mentions and the actions they undertake. Holden is extremely tired, but listens to Mr. Holden himself is against authorities, this incident in the classroom made Holden want to puke and according to us he felt betrayed. Such language includes both repetition of phrases and blatant cursing, in order to capture the informal speech of the average, northeastern American adolescent. In its lobby, he meets three women tourists from Seattle and dances with them; but, contrary to his expectations, dancing is all he gets.
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters ; and Seymour : an introduction 1st Back Bay pbk. This leads to a fight and ends with the bloody-nosed Holden knocked down unconscious. As a reader we draw our own conclusions from what we read. Instead, he goes to speak to Phoebe. Holden goes from describing the two teachers as great persons to start finding faults in them. But since we all are, who really is? Once home, he is not shown confronting his parents, who, according to the maid, are playing bridge.
In the first place, I'd only written that damn note so that he wouldn't feel too bad about flunking me. Chapter 8: Holden walks to the train station and buys a ticket for New York. He also mentions his brother, D. Well, apparently those two are basically the same thing to Holden. Holden shares a fantasy he has been thinking about based on a mishearing of Robert Burns' Comin' Through the Rye : he pictures himself as the sole guardian of numerous children running and playing in a huge rye field on the edge of a cliff.
He awakes and decides to move out west by himself. I know this sounds absolutelyabsurd, but think about it for a second. During the story, Holden's use of personification in referencing old Spencer's 'sad, ratty bathrobe' indicates Holden's judgment of his favorite teacher. Through Holden's thoughts and dialogues, Salinger successfully created a teenage boy. The principal is a phony because he only treats the wealthy-looking parents with respect.
He takes a train to New York, but does not want to return to his family and instead checks into the dilapidated Edmont Hotel. While the cause of death in Catcher is , here it is due to an unspecified heart condition. Spencer that his parents will be upset, for this is his fourth private school so far. Toward the end of the story, Kenneth and Vincent are on the beach. You can tell that Mr. It has been suggested that Salinger himself related so closely to Holden that he was protective of the character. Chapter Summaries: 24-26 Chapter 24: Holden arrives at Mr.
Chapter Summaries: 18-23 Chapter 18: Holden enjoys a swiss cheese sandwich and a malt. Antolini 10 Targeted Audience 10 Guidance 12… 1005 Words 5 Pages Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of J. He waitsout the time gap between the time he gets kicked out and the timehe goes home for Christmas break, because he … ashamed of what hisparents will think, as this is not the first school he has beenkicked out of. His ratty bathrobe exposes legs that are too white and hairless. Holden's brother is a writer in Hollywood.