The Catcher in the Rye Essay

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Camille Stone
Ms. Freeburg
English 11 Honors-6
24 August, 2012

The Catcher in the rye: Chapter 1
Significant passage: “You were supposed to commit suicide or something if old Pencey didn’t win” (2).
Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Reader
Significance to the story: This passage shows the extremity of the schools dignity and school spirit. Reading this helps you realize that the school doesn’t tolerate failure and imperfections. You can assume that this could be one of the reasons Holden was kicked out of Pencey, aside from his academic failures.
Thought provoking question about the passage: How is the school viewed from an outside perspective?
The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 2
Significant passage: “Life is a game boy. Life
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Thought provoking question about the passage: What was Holden’s biggest lie?
The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 9
Significant passage: “I think if you really don’t like a girl, you shouldn’t horse around with her at all” (62).
Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Reader
Significance to the story: This is another one of Holden’s ideals. Just because he has so many faults, doesn’t mean that he is all-bad. Everyone can have some good in them.
Thought provoking question about the passage: Why is he always so picky about girls?
The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 10
Significant passage: “Well-Where I have my hand on your back. If I think there isn’t anything underneath my hand-no can, no legs, no anything-then the girl’s really a terrific dancer” (71).
Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Blonde girl
Significance to the story: This passages significance in my opinion would be showing Holden’s romantic side. Even though the woman dismisses it I find it to be very beautiful and poetic.
Thought provoking question about the passage: Why was the woman so disinterested in Holden?
The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 11
Significant passage: “She was always reading, and she read very good books. She read a lot of poetry and all. She was the only one, outside my family, that I ever showed Allie’s baseball mitt to” (77).
Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Reader
Significance to the story: This passage shows that Holden

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