Catcher in the Rye Reading Log
While describing the scene at his high school football games Holden talks about how antisocial and awkward he can be when he states, "You couldn't see the grandstand too hot, but you could hear them all yelling, deep and terrific on the Pencey side, because practically the whole school except me was there, and scrawny and faggy on the Saxon Hill side, because the visiting team hardly ever brought many people with them"(Salinger 5).
While Holden and his roommate were in the bathroom, his roommate mentioned a name and Holden had a flood of memories, "Jane Gallagher, I said. I even got up from the wash owl when he said that. I dan near dropped dead" (Salinger 35). Holden is a person who has never really felt a sense of community with his family, friends, and classmates. But when someone mentions someone from his ast that he may have had an interest in, he becomes nostalgic and is one of the first times he seems like a part of a community.
When his roommate mentions Jane, Holden thinks of her as an august and beautiful person. Holden tries to act callous when anything emotional comes up. Holden's time with Allie will always be in his mind an indelible time. He remembers his quiescent brother through his baseball glove with green writing on it. While Stradlater was on his date with Jane, Holden spent his time ruminated and wrote a reflection about his brother.r
Ch. 7: Does Holden liebecause he is insecure or because he doesn't want to explain himself?
Ch.8: Why does Holden like Ernest's mom but still continues to lie to her?
Ch.9: Why does Holden not like spending time with his friends and family, but adores spending time with strangers?
Ch.10: Does Holden like Pheobe and Allie more than DB or does he just have more to say about them so they get a longer description?
Ch.11: Why does Holden talk about Jane so much?
Ch.12: Why does the cab driver become angry when Holden brings up the ducks?
Ch.13: Why does Holden accept the offer for the prostitute?
Ch.14: Why did Holden let Maurice hit him?
Ch.15: Does Holdeonly show concern for his family when it relates to Allie's death?
Ch.16: Why does he choose such a romantic movie to go to with Sally?
Ch.17: If everything was going so great, why did he have to rant and make the whole situation worse?