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Cory Coopers's Monomyth Project

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FC: The Catcher in the Rye & Monomyth Project | Cory Cooper

3: The Call | The Call in the Catcher in the Rye is when Holden gets kicked out of Pencey, the school he was attending at the beginning of the book, for bad grades. As a result of being expelled it forced him to start to analyze where he was headed in life and have less apathy towards his life's direction in general. One such instance when he displays his apathy and childish rebellion is when he says "They gave me frequent warnings to start applying myself-especially around mid-terms,when my parents came up for a conference with old Thurmer-but I didn't do it"(Salinger 4).

5: Supernatural Aid | The supernatural aid holden receives is when he starts to think about his dead brother, Allie. Although Allie does not aid Holden directly, he plays apart in many of the decisions Holden makes during the course of the novel. It has a great mental impact on him as he reminisces about how smart, youthful and pure Allie was when he was alive. Holden thinking about Allie causes him to analyze himself and all those around him for the aforementioned traits, which ends up causing many social conflicts in the story. Holden show is deep affection towards allie when he says "You'd have liked him. He was two years younger than I was, but he was abbout fifty times as intelligent." (Salinger 38)

7: Crossing the first Threshold | Crossing the first threshold is when after getting into a altercation with his roommate, Holden leaves Pencey forever and walks his way to the subway station, where he leaves for New York. At this point he finds a cab and goes on to the Edmont Hotel and it is unknown what the future carries for him. He acknowledges his state and the transition when before leaving Pencey he says "When I was all set to go, when I had my bags and all, I stood for a while next to the stairs and took a last look down the goddam corridor. I was sort of crying. I don't know why." (Salinger 52)

9: Belly of the whale | The Belly of the Whale is when holden finds himself in the Edmont Hotel, which is . In the hotel he finds himself trapped in a place "full of perverts and morons"(Rand 61) and he continues analyzing all those around him. Holden takes notice of the "phoniness" of adults, and how they commit meaningless sexual acts, all for very insincere reasons. Even though Holden had low self esteem he said "I was probably the only normal bastard in the whole place- and that isn't saying much." (Salinger 62) This just shows even in the midst of all his mental problems he still showed that he felt he deserved to be with more sane people

11: The Road of Trails is when Holden unsuccessfully tries to start physical and mental relationships with several people all throughout the novel. He attempts to find a girl he can have a physical relationship with and in the process meets up with a few girls of his past. He struggles to find common ground with women and constantly finds himself getting very upset at them for their phoniness. At one point he tries to make a physical connection with a prostitute named sunny which leaves him beaten and defeated, after he gets nervous and bails out on committing to intercourse because he is nervous and seems to hold on to his innocence.He is punished for his abnormal social behaviors many times verbally but I think when he is physically hit by the bell boy is when you really see his disregard towards his condition. He says " Then he smacked me. I didn't even try to get out of the way of fuck or anything. All i felt was this terrific punch in my stomach" (Salinger 103). | The Road of Trails

13: Meeting with the Goddess | The meeting with the goddess in this book is when Holden meets his little sister,Phoebe in their apartment. For Holden, Phoebe is one of the only characters in the book who is not "phony". She is pure and innocent, and one of the only things that lighten up his mood during the book. Phoebe plays apart in trying to make Holden see his discontent ways by saying "You don't like any schools You don't like a million things. You don't." (Salinger 169)

15: Atonement with the Father | The Atonement with the father is when Holden spends the evening with Mr. Antolini and they discuss his current situation and future. Mr. Antolini is the grown-up that Holden related to the most, and possibly the overall person he related to the most. Mr. Antolini empathized with him and tried to motivate Holden to use his disadvantages as advantages. He wanted holden to overcome his mental problems and gain his "true voice" through education, so he could write about what struggles he had come from. Mr. Antolini expresses his concerns with Holden and says " I have a feeling that you're riding for some kind of terrible, terrible fall. But don't honestly know what kind.." (Salinger 186)

17: Apotheosis | The apotheosis is when Holden decides to stay with his sister and not leave without her. At this point he watches her ride the merry-go-round and sees that she should be free to be youthful, and one day she will have to grow up like him. This is the point in the novel he finally finds what he has been searching for, and because of this he doesn't care about the cold rain falling on him, and starts to cry. It shows how much of a relief the situation was to him when you read "I felt so damn happy...I don't know why. It was just that she looked so damn nice, the way she kept going around and around, in her blue coat and all. God, I wish you could've been there" (Salinger 213)

19: The Return/ Master of the two worlds | In the end, Holden is admitted into some sort of psychoanalyst where he is recovering from his past mental state. He reflects upon the events that have occurred, and seems to be content about his condition. In closing to his journey of finding himself he says "Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do you'll start missing everybody" (Salinger 214)

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21: Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. New York: Little Brown Books, 1991. Print Little Boy n.d. William. Gamefront. Web. 10 April 2011. Little Sister and Big Daddy n.d. Kim-Kim. Deviantart. Web. 10 April 2011 New York in 1950s n.d. Julia Bruan. California Literary Review. Web. 10 April 2011 Teacher and student n.d. Laura Clark. Mail Online. Web. 10 April 2011

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