BC: "People never notice anything." Chapter 2 | All pictures other than the second page were taken by Holly Brinker
FC: "It's funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to." Chapter 21 | "Thats all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be." Chapter 22 | "Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody." Chapter 26 | "Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules." Chapter 2 | Catcher and the Rye Scrapbook
1: Hello readers! My name is J.D. Salinger and I wrote, The Catcher and the Rye. As you may have already been told I will not allow my book to be turned into a movie. Instead, I have decided to make a scrapbook commemorating all of my favorite quotes, including symbols and themes I find valuable to the story. I hope you enjoy. | http://hilarygardner.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/salinger.jpg | "What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it." J.D Salinger
2: "This fall I think you're riding for- it's a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn't permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. The whole arrangement's designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn't supply them with." Chapter 24 | When I look back at chapter 24 and the quote that is written below, the theme isolation seems to jump out at me. Holden is on his own once again and is on his way to a hard fall. He feels alone and out of place.
3: "... where did the ducks go?... I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something. Or if they just flew away." Chapter 1. | Holden and the ducks; when I wrote this passage, I intended the reader to laugh when they read it. Holden's obsession with the ducks does have another purpose besides sparking laughter. It is meant to symbolize a challenge with the unknown. Not knowing were the ducks go in the winter makes Holden wonder if everyone else knows something he does not; like everyone got a message that was not sent to him. He wants to know what's going to happen next and he hates the reality that he won't know until it happens.
4: Stability is a major theme in this story. Its something that Holden always wanted but never seemed to find. He searched for it; he needed it to mature. Like a tree planted in the dirt or a house cemented in the earth Holden wanted to be bound to one thing that would always stay the same. | "The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody'd move.... Nobody'd be different. The only thing that would be different would be you." Chapter 16
5: "Jane was different... You never even worried, with Jane, whether your hand was sweaty or not. All you knew was, you were happy. You really were."Chapter 11 | Jane, the so called madanna in this story symbolizes the ultimate woman. Nothing can measure up to her; nothing can take her place. In Holden's mind, Jane can do no wrong.
6: "Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around-nobody big, I mean- except me." Chapter 22 | Childhood and Holden's great desire for it is a major theme throughout the story. Holden wants to guard children from growing up and will do anything to stop himself from doing the same.
7: The theme of death grows in importance as the story plays out. Holden becomes satisfied with the idea of killing himself to avoid growing up. He is scared of the unknown; surrounded by a sea of people he feels alone. Holden is the ultimate contradiction. | "Boy when you're dead, they really fix you up... People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody.?" Chapter 20