Catcher in the Rye Log
Chapters 1 and 2
Quote "Dear Mr. Spencer [he read out loud]. That is all I know about Egyptians. I can't seem to get very interested in them although your lectures are very interesting. It is all right with me if you flunk me though as I am flunking everything else except English anyway. Respectfully yours, Holden Caufield." (Salinger 12).
Chapters 3 and 4
"Where the hell's Stradlater at, anyway?..." (Salinger 23) This quote shows that they are not part of their community and just staying in their dorm instead of going out.
Chapters 5 and 6
Back in the dorm, Holden was supposed to write the composition about a room or a house for Stradlater. Instead, Holden wrote about an incident with a baseball glove. When Stradlater finally came back from his date with Jane, Holden having no COMPUNCTION, took the paper and ripped it to shreds. The two started a TRENCHANT altercation. With Holden QUELLED to the floor, callously calling Stradlater a moron repeatedly. The fight ended with Holden having a bloody nose from a hard hit from Stradlater. I can only describe the fight as CONFLAGRATION. This, to me, reveals the harsh attitudes in Stradlater and Holden. Holden then tries to get info about Stradlater's date with Jane, asking him where they went and what they did. Stradlater responds saying that they didn't go anywhere and just sat in the car. Not really getting a lot of details, Holden decides to go into Ackley's ACRID room.
Do you think Holden will miss Pencey Prep? If so why?
Why do you think Holden keeps being fake to certain people if he hates it when others act the same way?
Where do you think Holden will go from here with his whole situation?
Describe Holden in this chapter.
Do you think Jane is in Holden's thoughts?
How do you think Holden is changing througout the book?
Do you still like Holden (or hate him)?
John Green Crash Course
One point was that Holden is like Gatsby from the Great Gatsby because they both want to control time when they really can't. Another point is that Holden speaks in a passive voice to create distance because of his humiliation. Lastly, Holden realizes that going from innocence to adulthood happens in a circle ("going around and around") over and over again, not like a line you can never turn around from after crossing it, leaving himself (Holden) happy.
Is Holden developing?
Is Holden really still a good person?
Whats your opinion on Holden's actions?
Has Holden learned anything?