Catcher in the Rye Reading Log
Chapters 1 & 2
"I was trying to feel some kind of good-by. I mean Ive left schools and places I didn't even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don't care if it's a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. If you don't, you feel even worse" (Salinger 7)
Chapters 3 & 4
"He was probably the only guy in the whole dorm, besides me, that wasn't down at the game" (Salinger 26) This shows Holden and Ackley's lack of community and being with others. They choose to seclude themselves from the crowd because they feel they don't belong there or they don't like anyone there. Holden chooses to secure himself from his community because he doesn't fit in with the crowd who are obsessed with the events. He also doesn't like the people around him and he doesn't realize what the point is to community and how it can actually help someone if they don't seclude themelves. Community is there to help in times of need, not to seclude someone away from the crowd.
Holden described Ackley's room having a acrid smell.
Stradlater quelled the fight between Holden and him by punching him.
Holden felt compunction of not saying hello to Jane, and leaving his regards to stradlater instead.
Holden holds indelible memories of Allie, his younger brother, on his baseball glove that Holden keeps with him.
Stradlater had a callous response to Holden's composition he wrote, even though it was important to Holden.
Why do you think Holden pushes people away, but begs for their attention when he is need of help?
Why do you think Holden gets a joy out of lying to others, and why do you think he continues to lie?
Besides the fact Holden has been kicked out of schools, why do you think Holden is so afraid to talk to his parents? Why does he not want to go home?
Why is it that Holden tries to strives to be older in adult's eyes, but still acts like a young boy?
Why do you think the date between Stradlater and Jane hurt Holden so much after hearing about their childhood together?
What do you think the importance or significance of the ducks and where they go during winter is to Holden?
Why do you think Holden decided to say yes to getting the prostitute and what do you think made him turn down another girl?
Why do you think Holden was so stubborn giving up the five dollars, even though he was threatened?
Why do you think Holden felt so connected and inclined to give money to the nuns?
Even though Holden explained great memories of the museum and how he loved it so much, why did he decide to not go in?
What do you believe the reason was for Holden starting a conversation on running away and living life with a girl he didn't even like?
John Green on Catcher in the Rye
- we can hardly imagine a world without images because they are so common all around us
- we judge quality solely based on a story's actions
- the story of Catcher in the Rye, is in the language of the book and the narrators voice
- Holden is so protective of his innocence and he wants to stop time to keep himself and the people he loves protected from growing older and being corrupted by age
- Holden's passive voice is a coping mechanism and it creates distance between himself and reality