Catcher In The Rye Reading Log
Alex Ryan

Chapters 1 and 2

Quotes:  What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of good-by. I mean I've left schools and places I didn't even know I was leaving them. I hate that. 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 even worse (7).  

Chapters 3 and 4

Ackley kid "Never missed a chance to let me know I was 16 and he was 18"(29).  This demonstrates the merging theme of community and how Holden was isolated from it.  Holden throughout they story so far never participated in school events, worked hard academically or tried to make friends. Holden is an outsider in Princey prep because he is nothing like the students there.  Holden seems to be a smart kid because someone asked him for help with an essay and he understands situations very well.  However, because he doesn't apply himself, Holden is an outcast at his prep school.  

Chapters 5 and 6

In chapter five, Holden seems to have a callous demeanor towards the people who are at his prep school.   Holden feels compunction because he didn't go talk to Jane when she was at Princey Prep.  Jane seems to be indelible in Holden's past that seemed better than his life now. Ackley is  irrelevant to Holden but he still gets invited to the movies with Holden.  When holden attacks his roomate Stradlater, he quells his actions and tries to stop Holden.  

Chapters 7-13

Discussion questions.  

7. How does holden, who can't stop thinking about Jane and Stradlater show innocence?  

8. Why doesn holden lie (for example about his name) for no particular reason?  

9. Holden repeating stated that he wants to talk with his sister.  Why?

10. Why does Holden care so much about wanting to dance with the women?

11. How is Holden's interactions with Jane and other women differ from the way he treats everyone else?

12.Why does Holden ask about the ducks in Central Park? Why does he care?

13. Why does holden pay for a prostitute but not want to have sex with her?

Chapters 14-17

14.  Why does Holden always talk about commiting suicide?

15.  Why does Holden  not like people if they have cheap suitcases?

16.  What does Holden's love for the museum have to do with preserving innocence?

17.   What led to Holden and Sally  getting into a fight?  

John green

1.  At the end of the book, Holden does change and he begins to understand that a journey of innocence to awareness lasts a lifetime.  This made him happy at the end of the book.

2.  books don't have to be filled with action and crazy events to be good.  Literature is too much based on how things make us feel and grab our attention. Catcher in the rye is a a great book without action or really anything interesting at all.  

3.  Life is a not  a path that directly leads one Tom duly hood.  Their are many things that happen on the ways.  It is more of a circlar path.  This is what holden learns.  

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