Salinger 's ' The Rye Journals ' On The Backs Of The Hard Copy '

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Riley Pantell
English IV
Catcher In The Rye Journals

Left side journals are on the backs of the hard copy.

Chapter 1

Why doesn’t Holden want to apply himself?
Holden seems to have a very negative take on his surroundings, why is this?
How has DB going to Hollywood and selling himself affected the relationship Holden has with him?

Holden seems to be a very troubled soul. The point of view has brought me in very close to Holden, because it feels like we as the reader are in his mind and thought process. This of course gives us a limited and biased perception of the people and places Holden talks about and interacts with. Despite Holden being a student that doesn’t apply himself, his success in english proves that he is more intelligent than he may be perceived. Holden walking around the campus of Pencey and having some of his memories revealed to the reader shows us that Holden has many negative feeling about the school particular the other boys at the school, claiming they are phonies. There is definitely a sense that Holden isn’t widely liked and not a huge socializer, he seems like a screw up that 's just always messing it up. Holden going up to the top of the hill and going off to say his goodbyes to Mr. Spenser gives a sliver of positivity to Holden’s time there.

“What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of good-by. I mean I 've left schools and places I didn 't even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don 't care if it…

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