the Catcher in the Rye Reading Log Lauren Lozano
Chapters 1 & 2
Quote: " I hope to hell not. I'd never yell ' Good Luck!' at anybody. It sounds terrible, when you think about it"(Salinger 19).
" He was telling us all about what a swell guy he was, what a hot- shot and all, then all of a sudden this guy sitting in the row in front of me, Edgar Marsalla, laid this terrific fart" (Salinger 20).
Holden's idea of a perfect lifestyle is one where he can forever be a young innocent child. While a man is giving a speech about how he became so rich, all what Holden remembers is that one boy farted. Typically, it is funny, but when you are a sixteen year old boy, you should be mature enough to not think about the immature act. You should be focusing on the speech. Holden focus' on the idea of staying young through out the novel and how he does not want to grow up. The idea of staying young is appealing to him, because then feels that he is a cunning boy that can outsmart everyone. Sort of a dark version of Peter Pan in the real world. Once the idea of growing up and becoming mature appears to Holden and he is forced to look at it straight on then, and only then, will he finally have to catch up to the ideas of growing up. That will be the toughest day his life, but for now he is still able to focus on fart jokes.
A part of me feels that chapter 5 should not have been in the book, because it added in little things that were not relevant in the previous chapter or in the next. It was nice to understand where Holden obtaied then trait being calloused came from. At first when Stradlater came back from his date he was very passive about it, but then something clicked and he became elated. Before anything crazy happens I found it very intresting how Holden mentions that this memory is very indelible to him, although he hardly remembers it. I was so incredibly shocked that Holden attempted to throw a punch, yet at the same time I was happy that he was going to give him a good punch and not quell to Stradlater. Stradlater is an athlete which means that he is able to be very trenchant in the fight between the two of them. I just really hope that Jane didn't give into him, because he is such a Tom Buchanan.
Is the idea that gifts make people sad, because of the idea that we will never be able to fully repay them or because we feel we do not deserve it? Why or why not?
Why do you think Holden relates so well with the mother he meets on the train? Why do you think he regrets not telling her his real name?
Why does Holden feel the need to act mature and drink cocktails, when he does not want to grow up?
Holden says that Phobe is very emotional for a child. While Holden just about cries every other chapter. Do you think it is bad for a child to be emotional? Why or why not?
Why does it mean a lot that Holden could care less if his hand got sweaty while holding Jane's? And likewise?
What is the difference between the ducks and the fish?
Why can't Holden have sex? What is the underlying meaning?
Why is Holden so concerned about being in his pajamas when they come to collect the money?
What makes the word Grand phony?
Why do you pay more attention when you read things as opposed to watching someone else?
Why does Holden not want to grow up, yet move and act like an adult?
John Green 3 MainPoints
1. How innocent Holden really is although he wishes to stop time and be a kid forvever.
2. Death is talked about and the way he talks about everything being in past tense.
3. The language that Holden uses when he talks or thinks.