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The Catcher in the Rye

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BC: Memories

FC: The Catcher In The Rye | By: Libby Sarkis

1: Author: | J.D. SALINGER | HOLDEN | Main Character:

2: "This is a shooting hat. . . I shoot people in this hat" ~pg 22 | "I pulled the peak of my hunting hat around to the front" ~pg 34

3: Red Hunting Hat | Holden bought the red hunting hat in New York. Throughout Holden's childhood it symbolized his insecurity | of his adulthood. Holden would never put it on in front of anyone, only when he was alone and wanted to be secluded from the world. The hat helped Holden develop from a teenager to an adult.

4: Feather | "I was thinking about the lagoon in Central Park... I was wondering if it would be frozen over when I got home... I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something" ~ pg 13

5: Holden always brought up the ducks which symbolize resurrection- they always return in the spring. Holden is very troubled and when it comes to death he has experienced death twice, once with his brother Allie and then with a boy named James Castle. What seems to bother Holden about mortality is that he relates death with disappearing. The ducks in Central Park South are an important part in the novel. They represent Holden and his changing environments.

6: "My brother Allie had this left-handed fielder's mitt... he had poems written all over the fingers and the pockets" ~pg 38

7: Allie's Baseball Glove | Holden was writing an essay for Stradlater and thought to write about Allie's Glove. Allie is his dead younger brother. Who died of leukemia on July 18, 1946. Holden had much respect for Allie and praised him for everything he did. Holden feels like that if he keeps Allie's glove that he can always be with him in a way. Holden always talks about how intelligent Allie is and how he would be loved by us.

8: Cigarettes | "I'm quite a heavy smoker" ~pg 5

9: "I sat up in bed and smoked another cigarette. It tasted lousy. I must've smoked around two packs since i left Pencey." ~pg 100 | Holden repeatedly takes out a cigarette and smokes it though out the novel. Holden believes that smoking is cool and when he starts to smoke it's usually when hes either stressed or upset about something. When Holden smokes its really ironic because smoking is an adult thing to do but he wants to stay young and stop kids from growing up.

10: "Little Shirley Bean" | Record | "Listen, I bought you a record...only I broke it on the way home" ~pg 163 | "It was about a little kid that wouldn't go out of the house because two of her front teeth were out and she was ashamed." ~pg 114

11: Holden bought "Little Shirley Bean" from a record store for Phoebe but it fell out and broke. Holden buys the reocrd for Phoebe because he wants her to maintain her innocence. But when he drops the record in the park, it shatters. The shattering of a children's record represents the shattering of innocence. Holden keeps the pieces of the record because he is trying to maintain all the innocence he can find.

12: "Sex is something I just don't understand. I swear to god i don't." ~pg 63 | "Most guys at Pencey just talked about about sexual intercourse with girls all the time- like Ackley" ~pg 48 | CENSORED

13: condom | Holden is a virgin and has never really had sex. Every time he would try to with a prostitute, he would always back down. This shows that Holden is still immature to take on the job of growing up.

14: "The more expensive a school is, the more crooks it has" ~pg 4 | " I sort of counted my dough. I don't remember exactly how much I had, but I was pretty loaded." ~pg 52

15: Money | Holden always talks about his dough, "money" though out the novel. He once says that his grandmother gives him money for his birthday about four times a year. Most of the time Holden talks about money he is sad and depressed. Holden, inside, is sad about leaving Pencey Prep and his brothers death that he tries to fill the hurt in his heart with money.

16: Museum Ticket | Holden tells us the symbolic meaning of the museums displays that they appeal to him because they are frozen and unchanging. He also mentions that he is troubled by the fact that he has changed every time he returns to them. The museum represents the world Holden wishes he was in, a world where he can be the “catcher in the rye”, a world where nothing ever changes, where everything stays the same.

17: "Boy, that museum was full of glass cases" ~pg 121 | "I kept thinking about old Phoebe going to that museum on Saturdays the way i used to" ~pg 122

18: G O L D E N R I N G | The gold ring is something we don't have anymore on carousels. The object was that you were supposed to reach for the gold ring when you passed it on your horse. and if get it you got a free ride. When Holden concludes that you have to just let a kid reach, even though they might get hurt doing so, he might be admitting that growing up is in fact necessary, for Phoebe and himself; you can't really protect a kid from it, so it's better to just accept it as it is.

19: "The thing with kids, is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything" ~pg 211

20: EDMONT HOTEL KEY | The Edmont Hotel is a place where Holden stays after leaving Pencey Prep. The hotel is a place where Holden is stuck in the middle of Pencey and his house. This is a state of confusion for Holden. He doesn't want to go home and he doesn't want to go back to Pencey. The hotel is a place were Holden can stay and think what he wants to do.

21: EDMONT HOTEL | "I didn't know then that the goddam hotel was full of perverts and morons" ~pg 61

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