Holden has this problem big time with Jane. He fights mentally with Jane almost everyday. Thinking about calling her, remembering old times, and thinking about going to see her. After leaving the lavender room Holden states “I got old Jane Gallagher on the brain again. I got her on, and I couldn’t get her off “(85). Getting into fights with girls he does not even like is another problem of his. Sally a girl he has seen a few times is one. He calls up sally to see a movie but when she does not want to run away with him he decides he does not like her anymore. When he wants to run away he tells sally” ‘Look here’s my plan. How would you like to get the hell out of here?’” (146). Fighting with sisters is normal but Holden fights mentally with the love for his sister phoebe. Holden loves his baby sister phoebe, he thinks she is almost perfect. Her innocence reminds him of his childhood which he greatly
Holden's childhood friend, Jane Gallagher, also needs protection. She is vulnerable because of her childhood. "` Her mother and father were divorced. Her mother was married again to some boozehound... [He would] run around the goddamn house, naked, with Jane around and all.'" (32) Holden was afraid that Jane's stepfather abused her. "I asked her on the way, if Mr. Cudahy- that was the boozehound's name- had ever tried to get wise with her." (79) Even though Holden likes Jane, he does not try to take advantage of her because she needs the safety of their friendship. Holden is angry with Stradlater because he threatened Jane, and could have harmed her.
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Yet another demon that Holden avoids is the process of having to grow up. Throughout the book, he seems hesitant to develop any real ambitions or goals. He is a perpetual failure at school. He refuses to associate himself with mature ways of living, and so isolates himself from anyone his own age or older. This is all directly connected to Holden's picture-perfect image of his childhood. He sees this particular period of his life as his own personal paradise. He does not want to finalize the fact that he has to concede it's innocence in the end. Towards the end of the book, Holden shows his desire for life to remain as it was by saying, "...certain things should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone." Holden does not want to join a world of phonies and greed, a world lacking in carelessness and irresponsibility. He won't, whether consciously or not, accept the fact that he has no choice.
In In the beginning of the chapters, Salinger makes Holden seem relatable to other teens. “I could feel a terrific lecture coming on. I didn't mind the idea so much, but I didn't feel like being lectured to and smell Vicks Nose Drops and look at old Spencer in his pajamas and bathrobe all at the same time.” (Chapter 2) Many young teenagers can relate to this quotation, since not many people find it amusing listening to an elderly lecture. Later on in the book, his childish personality begins to show more and more as the plot moves. At some points, he would like to connect to the adult world and at other points, he rewinds to the idea of every adult being “phony” or insincere people. One example of this is when Holden meets with Sally Hayes on a date. At first, Holden seemed to believe he is in love with her at first, but he came to the state of annoyance and exasperation when he couldn't connect to the adult world Sally was living in when he asked her to move out of state with her. Holden imagines himself as the “catcher in the rye.” He conceptualizes a field of rye perched high on top of a mountain cliff, full of
Although Holden never directly interacts with Jane Gallagher during the course of the novel, the way he thinks and talks about her, as well as the way he remembers
He's having a conversation with his sister and she asks him what he plans to do with his life and he respond with "I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all." this quote here shows a lot about how holden feels about childhood and that he will play the role as the protecter of their inocence. He doesnt want to accept the reality and prefers to live in his own world where adults arent superficial and hypocritical. He can not come up with anything better to live by than his fantasy of being the catcher in the rye and reflects his innocence in the uncorupted youth, and all he wishes to do is protect that spirit. I see where he comes from though because its hard to accept the real world and have to grow up leaving behind that purness. Its something holden didnt want to loose and protet others who might be in danger of loosing it
He even went as far as trying to call up a sexually open girl and arranging a meeting with her for a drink. The action of calling this girl and attempting to meet up with her shows that he realizes his need to grow up, acting older than he probably should, and making rash decisions in his attempts to act like an ‘adult’. His flashbacks serve as a reminder that no matter how hard he tries to forget Jane, he will always have feelings for her. It also serves as a pointer that Holden still desires to be with Jane, as the more he tries to forget her, the more he remembers all of the moments they shared, from the time he first decided to talk to her, to the time he tried to comfort her when she began to cry, to the many times they played checkers or held hand together. He begins to talk to himself about the smaller details of Jane, her interest in reading and sports, the way her mouth is alway just a tiny bit open, the way she lights up when she is interested in something and how her mouth begins to seem to move in all directions as she's talking about it. The memories of his past and the actions he took in what would be considered the present all show that Holden is changing as a person, becoming more accepting of his repressed sexuality, and
Justin Hwang Ms. Lydia Wells English 9 10/24/17 Loneliness and Phoniness: Loss of Innocence in Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye Loss of innocence is one of the major elements of The Catcher in the Rye that make the novel so renowned. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is about an adolescent named Holden
Holden allows the reader to hypothesize that he is attracted to a girl named Jane Gallagher, by constantly telling of his fond memories of her, but when push comes to shove his tendency to alienation himself from society, to "protect himself from losing his innocence", takes him over. On page 116 of the novel, Holden tells the reader that after he got his sister a record he went to a phone booth and called Jane's house. But when her mother picked up the phone he hung up. Holden tells the reader that he "didn't feel like getting into a long conversation with her mother" so he hung up but in reality Holden's personal preference of alienating himself frightened him and prevented him of making any contact with Jane.
Jane Gallagher remains a constant though out the entire novel. She represents the way of life he once followed, and the track he should be on but doesn't get back to. He never calls her because he claims he isn't "in the mood" (Salinger 33). This emphasizes that Holden is trying to avoid finding his purpose, his track, because the truth, like the
After confronting her aunt, Jane is shipped off to Lowood School. This is a school for young, dependent girls, who are mostly orphaned from at least one parent. This school’s name also has a meaning behind it, Lowood is a place where Jane is miserable at a portion of a
Reactions: Throughout this episode I felt stressed for Jane. Choosing between two things that play an important role in the life of someone is extremely hard to do. She is faced with the overwhelming pressures of impressing her father or pursuing what will help her get by in life. She is constantly pressured by Rogelio more than anyone, considering he wants her to be apart of his life on television. While this is happening, Michael (Jane’s ex-fiance), is working with his partner to crack down on their “Sin Rostro” (big-time drug dealer who has not been identified) case. Michael is stuck on the notion that Rafael is Sin Rostro, but it is partly due to Michael’s hatred towards Rafael. Meanwhile, Rafael is trying his best to impress Xiomara in
Critical Lens Revision-Love is Required for Growth “Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love” This quote from Reinhold Niebuhr tells of a human incapability to accomplish a deed of any sort without the assistance of love. In The Catcher in the Rye; Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. New York: Little Brown and Company, 1991 and Jane
Callie has a false notion that her life can only get worse, and this leads to her character developing a pessimistic psyche similar to Holden. Immediately, Callie shows no regard or deference for anything Stef and Lena have done for her. For instance, on her very first day of school, she escapes and goes to save Jude on her own. She also doesn’t try to have amiable interactions with most people unless it is to fulfill a specific purpose. After she got to school she begins to flirt with a guy in her class, so she could gain access to his car. Callie cannot keep up the charade and after he finds out her intent, he says “No thanks. Good Luck” (“Pilot”). Rejection is something that both Holden and Callie experience, but it is a two-way street for