Catcher in the Rye Reading Log
Chapters 1 & 2
"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 11).
Chapters 3 & 4
"I used to play checkers with her all the time.... She'd just keave it in the back row. She'd get them all lined up in thr back row" (31 ahd 32).
This is showing Holden's innocence because he is still holdingo to this great time in his life. He looks back and remembers how happy he was with her without even realizing what he is saying. Playing checkers has a childish connotation, and since he is so excited talking about paying the checkers with Jane. For being 16, he has not realized what people do in a relationship rather than playing checkers.
I don't know why Holden went to the movies when he has an awkward relationship with them. The conversation between Holden and Stradlater was intense, and I can believe that Stradlater quelled him. I thi Holden deserved it because he was very trenchant with his words towards Stradlater. They both are so nocturnal for being up so late. Since beat up Holden, I thought he wouldn't care, but Stradlater had a lot of compunction.
Ackley is definitely not tacit while doing anything, especially not at the movies.
Chapter 7 - Is Holden aware that he pushes everyone away? He always does or says something rude and looses friendships over it. Is it done to make the goodbyes easier?
Chapter 8- Why does Holden impulsively lie? Does he think it will make him sound better or can he not face the truth?
Chapter 9- Does Holden want to grow up with always asking adults out for drinks? Does he want to grow up in some aspects but not in others?
Chapter 10- Why does Holden fall in love with girls he's never met so easily, but doesn't actually seem to love anything genuinely?
Chapter 11 - Holden seems to love Jane; is there a reason to why they're not together?
Chapter 12 - Where does Holden come up with all of these preconceptions? Does he makes them up or taught them?
Chapter 13 - Although Holden claims he's ready for sex, is he?
John explains how the way Holden speaks is why he is so relatable. Holden uses a lot of passive voice which is taught not use, but it shows his distance from people and life around him. Holde uses passive voice because he is trying to get as far away as possible from all of his saddness and troubles. This relatable because his use words and different tense to make everything feel real for the reader. John also points out that Holden does change. He learns that life is like a circle, and everything is constantly changing. In the beginning, Holden thought of life as a straight line to awful, destructive adulthood, but watching his sister allows him to see that life is not all bad. The last main point that John makes is that Holden is constantly looking for an answer. He asks people what it's like to be an adult without directly asking. He never gets a straight answers but he asked every adult he meets.
14) Is it possible that Allie's death is the reason to why Holden has such a negative outlook on life?
15) Why does es Holden give the nuns so much money?
16) Holden seems to want to be friends with the little kids and the nuns , but why is he so rude to the people actually in his life?
17) Why'd does Holden go from loving to being annoyed with Sally? Is there an inbetween with any feelings he feels towards people?