Catcher in the Rye Reading Log
Chapters 1 & 2
"Game, my ass. Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it's a game, all-right- I'll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren't any hot-shots, then what's a game about it? Nothing. No game" (Salinger 8).
Chapters 3 & 4
"Just because they're crazy about themselves, they think you're crazy about them too, and you're just dying to do them a favor. It's sort of funny in a way" (Salinger 28). Holden is beginning to show that he is aware of the circumstances that he is in. He is not just some child who doesn't know anything about the world. This could be the beginning stages of his journey from innocence to awareness. You have to be aware of what is going on in life to start the journey of change. Just like Holden, a person who can accurately grasp the whole of his surroundings will start the transition from innocence.
Chapters 5 & 6
In this chapter, Holden invites Mal Brossard and Ackley, but these two are not the most elated because they are not exactly friends. However, Ackley seems to be feeling quite indulgent so he accepts the invitation. When Holden returns, he spends time writing a composition for his roommate and is allowed to ruminate on the subject matter. When Stratlater returns, Holden gives him the paper but then rips it up because of complaints from The roommate. After, Holden proceeds to continue his inveterate habit of smoking, which leaves an acrid smell lingering on then room. This habit of his is indelible and he most likely will continue to smoke. Then, when Holden questions his roommate about the date, Stratlater won't answer. This angers Holden who attacks Stratlater who easily quells the force of Holden's attack.
Discussion Questions: Why do you think Holden keeps bothering Ackley even though he says he hates him?
Discussion Questions: What are a couple reasons you think Holden lies all the time?
Discussion Question: Do you think there is any significance in Holden asking about the ducks? If so, what?
What does the way Holden describes his liltle sister, Phoebe, reveal about him?
How do you think Holden feels about Jane? Support your statement with evidence.
The question about the ducks reappers in this chapter. Tie the answer the cab driver gives to a theme.
Why do you think Holden accepts the prostitute even though he wasn't in the mood?
John Green Video Response
1. Holden is obsessed with stopping time to maintain his innocence. Similar to the Great Gatsby, Holden wants to stay a child forever. He doesn't want to grow up with responsibilities. In order to do this, Holden wants things to last as long a possible.
2. Holden needs to figure out whether adulthood is good or not. He asks everyone icluding old people, a prostitute, and even a nun what life will be like in the future. He seems extremely worried about what will happen to him and how life will be as he grows older.
3. Special writing is used to make the narrator stand out. The author uses a passive voice for the narrator and then strong words in some instances to make those pioints stand out. Also, wrong grammar is used in specific places to point out things like irony.
What do you think made Golden not want to give the five dollars to Maurice?
How does Holden's personality change around different people?
Is there are significant meaning to Holden saying," The best thing, though, I'm that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was" (Salinger 121).
Examine Holden's interactions with Sally. What seems to trigger his outbursts and emotions?