BC: " Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody." (214)
FC: By: Steph McGurl & Tia Ellis | Holden | Caulfield
1: "Maybe I'm not all yellow. I don't know. I think maybe I'm just partly yellow and partly the type that doesn't give much of a damn if they lose their gloves. One of my troubles is, I never care too much when I lose something..." (89). | Holden is a unique teenage boy who is dealing with major struggles throughout the book. He is very judgmental towards everyone and everything to make himself feel better. He is a compulsive liar who doesn't want to face his problems. He acts like an adult but still has youth like qualities. In the beginning, Holden is unable to let go of his child like qualities. He struggles with change. Throughout the story, Holden's life is falling apart but he keeps holding on. Holden constantly questions why Allie died and he didn't. Holden is experiencing major survivor guilt and wants to save others because no one saved him.
2: “The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move. You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole, with their pretty antlers and their pretty, skinny legs, and that squaw with the naked bosom would still be weaving that same blanket. Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different would be you. Not that you’d be so much older or anything. It wouldn’t be that, exactly. You’d just be different, that’s all.” (121)
3: This is a picture of the Natural History Museum in New York City. He would have come across this when he was looking for Phoebe on page 121. This is significant to him because he hates change. The museum is his "safe" place because it never changes. This picture would remind him that even when everything is changing, the museum isn't. this would provide him with comfort when he was feeling like there was too much changing.
4: “It wouldn’t come off. It’s hopeless, anyway. If I had a million years to do it in, you couldn’t rub out even half the ‘Fuck you’ signs in the world. It’s impossible.” (202) | FUCK YOU
5: This is a picture of the fuck you that Holden saw in a staircase at Phoebe's school. He would have come across this when he was taking a note to her on page 201 and when he was leaving her school on page 202. This is significant to him because this was his turning point. He believes that when a child sees "fuck you" that they lose a part of their innocence and he wants to prevent children from loosing their innocence throughout the entire story. But this is when he says that he can't save everyone and his viewpoint changes for the better.
6: “My brother Allie had this left-handed fielder's mitt. He was left-handed. The thing that was descriptive about it, though, was that he had poems written all over the fingers and the pocket and everywhere. In green ink. He wrote them on it so that he'd have something to read when he was in the field and nobody was up at bat.” (38)
7: This is a picture of Allie's baseball glove that had the poems written on it in green ink. He would have come across this at this school dorm when he was deciding what to write for Stradlater's paper on page 38. This is significant to Holden because it's the only thing he has left that was Allie's. The glove reminds Holden of Allie when he was in good heath playing baseball. This is when he still had his innocence. This is important to Holden because in the beginning of the book he doesn't want to think about losing innocence. Also since Holden hates change and while everything was changing with Allie, the glove remained the same.
8: “I said I’d enjoyed talking to them a lot, too. I meant it, too. I’d have enjoyed it even more though, I think, if I hadn’t been sort of afraid, the whole time I was talking to them, that they’d all of a sudden try to find out if I was Catholic.” (112) “That’s why I was glad those two nuns didn’t ask me if I was a Catholic. It wouldn’t have spoiled the conversation if they had, but it would’ve been different, probably.” (113)
9: This is a picture of the two nuns Holden meets at breakfast. He would have come across them on page 107 at the little sandwich bar where he got breakfast. This is significant to him because it shows how desperate Holden was for someone to listen to him and accept him. When he was talking to the nuns, they didn't judge him and just listened to what Holden had to say. They appreciated how he donated money and made Holden's bad day a little better. The whole time they were talking through, he was afraid that they were going to judge him by asking him if he was Catholic. At the end of their conversation Holden is glad that the two nuns didn't ask him if he was Catholic.. This shows how scared he was of being judged and how desperately he wanted to be accepted.
10: “All of the kids kept trying to grab for the gold ring, and so was old Phoebe, and I was sort of afraid she’d fall off the goddam horse, but I didn’t say anything or do anything. 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. If they fall off, they fall off, but it’s bad if you say anything to them.” (211)
11: This is a picture of a carousel ticket which Holden would have bought for Phoebe on page 210. The other picture is a picture of a carousel Phoebe would ride on page 211. This is significant because this was when Holden has another realization. He realizes that in life not everything is good and you can't save everything. Since the carousel goes in a circle motion it symbolizes the circle of life, while the horses go up and down symbolizing the ups and downs of life. This is also when he realizes that losing innocence is inevitable.
12: “I sat down again and tired to keep the old conversation going. She was a lousy conversationalist.” (96) | “’Don’t you feel like talking for a while?’ I asked her. It was a childish think to say, but I was feeling so damn peculiar. ‘Are you in a big hurry?’ She looked at me like I was a madman. ‘What the heck ya wanna talk about?’ she said. ‘I don’t know. Nothing special. I just thought perhaps you might care to chat for a while.’ She sat down in the chair next to the desk again. She didn’t like it, though, you could tell. She started jiggling her foot again-boy, she was a nervous girl.” (95)
13: This is a picture of Sunny in her green dress. Holden would have discovered her when he was in his hotel room on page 93. This is significant to him because it shows just how badly he wanted to talk to somebody. He didn't care who the person was or even if he had to pay them, he just wanted someone to talk too. This shows how alone and depressed Holden really was.
14: “She can follow anything you do. I mean if you hold her close as hell so that it doesn’t matter that your legs are so much longer. She stays right with you.” (175)
15: This is a picture of Holden dancing. You could find him dancing with three girls at the hotel on page 70-74 and also when he was dancing with Phoebe on page 176. Dancing is significant to him because he gets to be the leader. All his life he was the follower and now, for once, he gets to be the leader. Dancing also involves two people, which would make him feel like he belonged somewhere.