But I rubbed it out anyway, finally. Glossary Navajo North American Indian people who live in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Holden begins his story at Pencey Preparatory Academy, an exclusive in Agerstown,. He thinks that all adults are phonies. Several details make their way from this story into Catcher, including the characterization of Allie; Allie's poetry-inscribed left-handed baseball mitt; Vincent's girlfriend, Helen, who keeps her kings in the back row like Jane Gallagher ; and Caulfield's critical view of others. See, to tell you the truth, I am in this P. I did not love this book.
Sunny's green dress is very symbolic in the sense that the dress is hiding her true identity from the world; The dress gives her a youthful and innocent appearance while her true motives on the inside are quite the opposite. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. One, however, is when Holden remembers this one time he was at a boarding school with his nice suitcase and realizes that his roommate has stolen it because it was nice and expensive. Salinger has done his part to enhance this mystique. I have to feel some discontent to appreciate the hiding behind that facade helpless anger, pain, loss and a rebellious streak.
It's about the context of the story. One benefit of this is that one can generally sniff out pompous faux intellectuals by the sign that they hold up Holden as a sort of messianic figure. His perception of the world remains the same. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. Unlike the similar sequence in the novel, Caulfield is on a break from school, and, in the story, the interlude with Sally is split into two occurrences.
The bible for disgruntled teenagers, and a must read for every new generation. 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. You don't see what I mean at all. Non solo per quelli che è una cosa che mi manda in bestia quando ti dicono che il caffè è pronto e invece no. And then one day a young man came to the office of , my agent, in New York, and said, 'Please tell Mr. Spencer exhibits several characteristics of older men, and Holden wonders why the teacher even bothers to continue living.
Peter Beidler's A Reader's Companion to J. But, rule-abiding Millennial that I was, I diligently annotated my mass market paperback copy, aced my book report, and for what I imagined would be all eternity. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. Holden Caulfield would not approve of such change in direction. I was lousy with angst just like good old Holden back then.
Allie was honest, artistic poetic , valuable, intelligent, and just a good kid. Holden, who feels sorry for Ackley, tolerates his presence. The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Uninterested with the fakeness of the world, Holden keeps his distance from phony people. These two factors were shocking and dismaying to some, refreshing and delightful to others.
What did he read that led him to the act? If you take her to a lousy movie, for instance, she knows it's a lousy movie. But more interesting that the things he knows about himself are the things he does not know about himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. Does it also have to do with the fact that Allie died when he was ten years old? Then, a couple of years ago and well over a full-decade since I last walked the peanut-shell-covered halls of Pencey Preparatory Academy, I picked up The Catcher in the Rye again. Despite Holden being a sixteen year old teenage boy he acts much older than his age. He starts flirting with her and says many lies to get her interested. However, you can also see the flaws in his thinking.
His attitude toward the girl changes the minute she enters the room; she seems about the same age as him. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Holden becomes uncomfortable with the situation, and when he tells her all he wants to do is talk, she becomes annoyed and leaves. Falling off the cliff could be a progression into the adult world that surrounds him and that he strongly criticizes. Finally, they do and then all your dreams of that sweet flavor come crashing down! In the novel, he shows meanness, superficiality and falsehood, just like everyone else he relentlessly judges. Also, the meeting with Carl Luce is considerably briefer in the story than in the novel. Toward the end of the story, Kenneth and Vincent are on the beach.
One last thought: could Holden be gay? Every time I reread a corny book that I really liked when I was a kid it makes me want to give the writer a buzz and ask what the hell is going on. The right side of Holden's head is covered with gray hair, another irony. He is a tragic victim of the crappy world in which he has no control and where no one understands him. Peter Beidler, in his A Reader's Companion to J. That's all I do all day. Holden Caulfield's problem is that he is the biggest phony he knows.