Catcher in the Rye Reading Log Nairu Garcia-Acevedo
Chapters 1 & 2
"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 worse" (Salinger 4).
Chapters 3 & 4
In Catcher in the Rye, one of the major themes seen in the book is the idea of the journey from innocence to awareness. Holden in these chapters is beginning to realize something about himself that he never knew existed. After talking to his roommate Stradlater, he says, "I mean I just sat in my chair, not doing anything. I kept thinking about Jane, and about Stradlater having a date with her and all. It made me so nervous in early went crazy. I already told you what a sexy bastard Stradlater was" (Salinger 34). Here, Holden is beginning to notice some weird feelings emerge when he thinks about Jane. Before, Holden simply knew Jane to be a really good friend backs at home which he spent a lot of time with, but now he feels something completely different. This point where he sees them as really good friends is when he has the innocent mindset that has not crossed the idea of being more like a couple. Even though he does not realize that these feelings mean he likes her, he is aware of the uneasy mindset that comes along with thinking she is with some other guy. As Holden continues to experience jealousy, he will become more aware of his interest in Jane.
Chapters 5 & 6
Instead of being quiescent in his dorm, Holden decides to spend the time outside in the world with his friends doing the things he doesn't enjoy, such as going to the movies. It is very interesting the way Holden goes about things since this is not something any normal person would do: do something you do not like to do just because. On the other hand, I was moved by the way Holden begins opening up to the reader and reveals his clandestine truth about hid brother. Apparently he was not very callous when he first heard the news since he punched the windows showing he was greatly affected as any normal person would be. As I was beginning to really like Holden's character, I was frustrated by his indulgent behavior to be so willing to write Stradlater's composition. Not only that, but I was disgusted by his habit of smoking in the nocturnal air to abjure getting into trouble.
1) Holden constantly mentions how he feels depressed and lonely. What do you think is continuously triggering these emotions and why?
2) Throughout the chapter, Holden lies to the lady on the bus about her son and his identity. He even says, "Then I started reading this timetable I had in my pocket. Just to stop lying. Once I get started, I can go on for hours if I feel like i" (Salinger 58). Why do you think he lies so much? Do you believe he does it knowingly or that he just can't help it? Is he a pathological liar? Why or why not?
3) Holden mentions to the taxi driver his curiosity as to where the sucs go in in the winter. What is the significance of the ducks? What are they a symbol of?
4) Holden continuously tries to act above his age by smoking, drinking, and conversing with older ladies. Why do you think Holden behaves this way and what triggers him to do so?
5) What do you think about Holden's fondness of Jane and his worry for her? Could it be an expression of his developing feelings for her or his worry for her as a friend? Explain.
6) Holden asks a taxi driver for the second time about where the ducks go for the winter. The driver responds with talking about the fish. Why is the taxi driver so worried and infuriated by the question about the ducks? What is so significant about the fish he describes?
7) Holden says he is a yellow person. What does the color yellow mean in the context? What does yellow symbolize?
1) What is your opinion about Holden's point of view on Jesus and his disciples? Do you agree that the Disciples were phony as Holden describes them?
2) What do the differences in the quality of suitcases symbolize? Maybe the difference in social status?
3) Compare and contrast the actors in the movies that Holden describes to the phonies from Pencey.
4) Describe Holden's emotional breakdown about why he hates school. What does this tell you about Holden's personality?
John Green Video
One main point that John Green talks about is how Holden is really trying to stop time and how he is obsessed with age and time and how they relate to each other. Green says that Holden is consistently reaching out to the adults he meets such as his parents, a prostitute, the nuns, and also the lady he met on the bus in order to learn more about adulthood and reassure himself that hen I'll be okay. He mentions how he wants to stop time when he describes his admiration for the statues and exhibits at the museum since they never change and they are always in the same exact position. Another point that Green explains is the way Holden uses passive voice to create distance and self protection. He uses the time that Holden described himself away and distant from the game and the situation when he forgot the fencing equipment to show that he is not like the others and that he is off in his own world. By suggesting the distance that he creates in his words, it causes the reader to empathize with him. The last main point that Green mentions is that Holden changes in character even though it is not so obvious. He says that he is finally being listened to and he becomes awfully happy when this does happen. It simply shows how instead of changing into an adult he is only becoming more aware of his surroundings.