Catcher in the Rye Reading Log
Chapters 1 & 2
“One of the biggest reasons why I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies. That's all” (Salinger 17).
Chapters 3 & 4
“It was this red hunting hat, with one of those very, very long peaks. I saw it in the window of this sports store when we got out of the subway, just after I noticed I'd lost all the goddam foils” (21).
Holden bought the red hunting hat in New York at a sports store in the subway. The hat is very special to him and is more than just a hat. It shows his personality and edginess when he wears it backwards. Holden is currently going through the procces of finding himself in the world. Wherever life takes Holden, he is bound to take his favorite red hat with him.
Chapters 5 & 6
In chapters five and six, Holden's actions show his acrid nature. He ends up writing Stradlater's composition and puts actual effort into it. Unfortunately, Holden doesn't write about the right topic. Once again he messes up his only job, which shows his inveterate ability to mess up situations. Also, he fails to ruminate about what he says or does, which gets him in trouble often. His immature behavior and refusals to grow up is how he quells the idea of growing up. All of of the decisions Holden has made so far leads me to assume that he doesn't have a trenchant idea of what he wants to do later in life.
Does Holden leave Pency Prep the way he wanted to? Does he have any regret?
Why would Holden lie about his whole life to someone when he claims that he hate phonies and fake people?
What do the ducks at Central Park symbolize for Holden and why do you think he asks the taxi driver if he knows where they go?
Why would Holden buy the three ladies at the Lavender Room drinks and sit at their table even though he doesn't like their company and thinks they are ignorant?
Why is Jane Gallagher so special to Holden and what makes her different from other girls?
When Holden meets The Navy guy he says that he is glad to meet him, even though he isn't glad that he met him at all. What does Holden mean when he says “ [if] you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff”(Salinger 98)?
Why would Holden hire a prostitue then refuse to have sex with her?
Why does Holden not like the Disciples in the Bible, do they remind him of people he interacts with in real life?
How does the deaths in Romeo and Juliet relate to the deaths that Holden has experienced in his life?
Holden's favorites thing about the museum is that everything stays the same and never moves. What does this tell the reader about Holden's desires for his life?
Why is Holden so afraid of the future and the change that comes along with growing up?