Catcher in the Rye Reading Log
Nathan Vane

Chapters 1 and 2

Quotes: "Im quite a heavy smoker, for one thing that is, I used to be. They made me cut it out. Another thing, I grew six and a half inches last year. That's also how i got T.B. And came out here for all these goddam checkups and stuff. Im pretty healthy,though" (Salinger pg. 7).

Chapters 3 and 4

Quote: "I lived in the Ossenburger Memorial Wing of the new dorms. It was only for juniors and seniors. I was a junior. My roommate was a senior. It was named after this guy Ossenburger that went to Pencey. He made a pot of dough in the undertaking business after he got out of Pencey. What he did, he started these undertaking parlors all over the country that you could get members of your family buried for about five bucks apiece. You should see old Ossenburger" (salinger pg. 16).

I think that this quote is talking about the American Dream and how Holden looks at the American dream. Holden does not like this lifestyle which explains how Holden lives his life. He despises this man with a lot of money and believes that this would be considered a successful life in Holden's eyes. On the other hand, Holden life is very different and does not want to be successful, but if Holden did care about his own life, he would do anything possible to achieve this dream.

Chapter 5 and 6

Chapter five is not filled with a lot of content, but chapter six has a lot of facts on how Holden and Stradlater are. They end up getting in a fight over Jane. Stradlater ends up punching holden and does not fell (callous) about hitting him. After though Holden feels (compunction) about making fun of Holden. Holden seems to be (elated) after being hit by Stradlater and does not seem to care about himself at all even though Stradlater punch seemed to be (indelible). Holden is really in love or has feelings for this girl Jane, becuase he is being so defensive toward her. This love is obviously (clandestine) for Holden toward Jane.

Chapter 7-13

Ch. 7. Why does Holden go in to Ackley's room when he is mad at Stradlater even though he hates Ackley?

Ch. 8. Why did Holden lie to Mrs. Morrow about his name and life?

Ch. 9. What is the significance of the weird people he is looking at from his hotel window?

Ch. 10. What does Holden not like about the girl he was dancing with in the lavender room?

Ch. 11. Why does Jane start crying when Holden is talking about playing chess in the past?

Ch. 12. Why does Holden always talk about the ducks. What is th significance of the ducks?

Ch. 13. What happened between Holden and the prostitute. Why didnt he have sex with her?

John Green Video

Adulthood: John Green talks about Holden afraid of th future and not wanting to grow up. He believes that adulthood is very boring and comes with a lot of responsibility, and Holden does not want that.

The Red hunting hat: John Green says this hat defines who Holden is. It is his protection and seclusion from the outside world and the things he doesnt like about himself.

Holden's language: the last thing he talks about is Holden's language and how he hints at thing about his past and his future. Green also talks about how Holden minimizes his languagein order to be more excepted and real toward society.

Chapter 14-17

Ch. 14. Why didn't Holden just give old Maurice the five extra bucks?

Ch. 15. Why is Holden so desperate to see and talk to someone, that he has to call his old girl Sally? Why is he so depressed and lonely when he can just go home?

Ch. 16. Why is it that Phoebe is the only person that Holden likes all the time where he despises and finds issue with all other people?

Ch. 17. Why did Holden just leave Sally even though she was crying and very sad?

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