Catcher in the Rye Reading Log Devyn Gomez

Chapter 1-2

"In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them"(Salinger 1).

Chapter 3 & 4

"It was named after this guy Ossenburger that went to Pency, He made a pot of dough in the undertaking business after he got out of Pency"(Salinger 19).

This quote in the stroy connects to the major topic of the American Dream by starting from a school and learning like the rest of the kids at Pency Prep and then making it big in life. Ossenburger has had a major impact on the Pency community by helping them financially and giving speeches to the young adults. Pency has recognized him for all the great deeds he has for his school by naming  new dorms after him. Taught the values in life to the Pency community and how you should never give up in life and give it your all in school.

Chapter 5 & 6

During Chapter 5 and 6 of Catcher in the Rye, Holden has a Saturday night that he has free and doesn't know what plans he has for that night. So for that night he went with his friend Ackley and Mal Brossard to go out and eat and also had some entertainment by playing the pinball machines. Once Holden returned that night he wrote the composition for Stradlater. Holden coundnt think about describing a room, so he became very ELATED when he started to write about his brothers baseball glove. Once he begain talking about his brother that passed away his emotional status became CALLOUS by him wishing his brother was still here. Holden talks about his brother like he was AUGUST person who was the best human being you could be by doing everything right. Stradlater returns from his date with Jane and asks Holden if he had written his composition. Holden says that he had done it but once Stradlater read it he found it to be IRRELEVANT because the wholetime he wrote about a baseball mitt and not a room. This made Stradlater very mad and disappointed and this caused a huge argument between the two of them. Things got so out of hand with each other that they started calling each other names and having a QUELL withone another. Stradlater got on top of Holden and told him to stop and that he needs to settle down. Holden was the one of suffered the most by having a bloody nose and face. After they stopped fighting with each other they did not say a word to each other.

Chapter 7-13

Chapter 7 Discussion Question:

Why does Holden get emotional about seeing the the ice skates that his mom sent him a few days ago? Why do presents make him depressed and sad whenever he recieves one?

Chapter 8 Discussion Question:

Does Holden feel safer when he lies to others about his personal background instead of telling them the truth on who he really is?

Chapter 9 Discussion Question:

Is Holden just trying to have a cocktail with Faith Cavendish or is he really trying to meet her so that she can pleasure his needs?

Chapter 10 Discussion Question:

Why do you think Holden is trying so hard to have a conversation with these three girls and do you think he is lonely in life which is the reason why he is wondering around at night?

Chapter 11 Discussion Question:

Do you think Holden likes Jane Gallagher and why do you think he can't get her out of his head?

Chapter 12 Discussion Question:

Do you think Holden is a great liar because of the way he gets away with everything or do you think people just do not care about what he has to say?

Chapter 13 Discussion Question:

Do you think Holden did the right thing in not doing  anything with the prostitute and why do you think he made this decision?  

John Green 3 Points

The three main points that Green discusses in the video is that Holden is a character that is scared about the future. He is asking peple what adulthood is like and wants the time to stop so that he can still be young and not grow up. He also talks about how the language in the story goes from being in the present tense to the past tense. Holden will  be talking  about a sitution that he is having now then he will relate to something that happened to him before. Green has another point by discussing the way how Holden is very protectve of innocence and is not wanting to feel guilty about anything he has done bad before.  

Chapter 14-17

Chapter 14 Discussion Question:

Do you think Holden is a emotional person because of the way he cried because Maurice took five dollars from him and after that was in the bathroom very sad?

Chapter 15 Discussion Question:

Why do you think little things in life bother Holden so much and causes him to have mixed emotions throughout his day?

Chaptef 16 Discussion Question:

Do you find Holden to be a very caring character that will do anything for the people that he loves or is he only being a phony?

Chapter 17 Discussion Question:

Why does you think Holden has mixed emotions with his date because at one moment he will be in love with her and at the end of the date he was really mean to her and got tired of her?

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