Presentation on theme: "The Catcher in the Rye Chapters 7-12. Hunting Hat I didn’t give a damn how I looked. Nobody was around anyway,” – Now wears it for protection from outside."— Presentation transcript:
The Catcher in the Rye Chapters 7-12
Hunting Hat I didn’t give a damn how I looked. Nobody was around anyway,” – Now wears it for protection from outside elements – No one around to ridicule him – Symbol of his self-consciousness
Holden’s Loneliness Conversation with Ernest Marrow’s mother Can’t communicate without lying – “Then I started reading this timetable I had in my pocket. Just to stop lying. Once I get started, I can go on for hours if I feel like it. No kidding. Hours” (58). Lies to hide from reality Exaggerates
Tone Mrs. Morrow’s tone is maternal Holden speaks to her as an equal “Mothers are slightly insane,” (57). – Lies to avoid disappointing her and to protect her – Thinking of his own mom? “Mother’s aren’t too sharp about that stuff,”(57). Stuff—knowing who their sons really are
Holden’s Loneliness Wants to call someone 20 min in phone booth No one to reach out to Accidentally gives home address Where he want to go but can’t – “’You know those ducks in that lagoon right near Central Park South? That little lake? By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it freezes over?” (60). Digresses
Reaction vs. Questions Not many people think about the ducks? It is an odd question? Is Holden being honest? It is not a normal thought? What is important to Holden is not important to other people?
Intimacy verses Casual “I think if you don’t really like a girl, you shouldn’t horse around with her at all, and if you do like her, then you’re supposed to like her face, you ought to be careful about doing crumby stuff to it, like squirting water all over it. It’s really too bad that so much crumby stuff is a lot of fun sometimes” (62). Wants to share intimacy with a girl but maintain respect for them Has regards their feelings and emotions Sees sex as “dirty” doesn’t understand it
Intimacy verses Casual He is nervous and uncomfortable Refers to the guests as perverts and screwballs Uncomfortable and doesn’t understand sexuality “Sex is something I really don’t understand too hot. You never know where the hell you are. I keep making up these sex rules for myself, and then I break them right away” (63).
Intimacy verses Casual Becomes sexually aroused and calls a stranger “ – Breaks his own sex rules – Accidentally gives real name – Declines the offer to meet her – Indicates Holden’s immaturity and imbalance- his inconsistency Change in diction, pretentious
Holden’s Loneliness Quest for Companionship Wants to call Phoebe A look into their relationship – “You never saw a little kid so pretty and smart in your whole life” (67). – Red hair like Allie – Person he can communicate with – Compares her to himself Narcissistic = compliment to Phoebe
Holden’s Loneliness Sense of nostalgia “Hazel Weatherfield” “Wear white gloves and walk right between [him and Allie], like a lady and all” “You’d like her and old Phoebe. I swear to god you like her” Pleasant tone, wishes he could return to this time
Holden’s Loneliness Quest for Companionship Lavender Room Realizes he’s out of place No one his age ID by waiter – “Also, there were very few people around my age in the place. In fact, nobody was around my age” (69). Resents adults but keeps trying to be one
Lack of Self-Awareness Refuses to acknowledge his behaviors or actions. Ridicules and critiques those around him. “The other two grools nearly had hysterics when we did. I certainly must’ve been very hard up to even bother with any of them” (70). – Can’t accept societal norms and public values No fulfillment from the situation so manipulates women for his amusement
Lack of Self-Awareness Lavender Room Refuse to serve him Girls mock and pity him – “She kept asking me to call up my father and ask him what he was doing tonight” (75). Holden calls them phonies He sees the situation from a skewed point of view – Thinks he’s mature Needs to see his true self- confused and depressed kid
Jane Represents childhood and innocence Makes Holden happy – Feels more than sexual towards her- wants to protect her innocence “I really got to know her quite intimately. I don’t mean it was anything physical or anything- it wasn’t…You don’t always have to get too sexy to get to know a girl” (76). “I held hands with her all the time, for instance. That doesn’t sound like much, I realize, but she was terrific to hold hands with” (79).
Jane Indicates their close bond “She was the only one, outside of my family, that I ever showed Allie’s mitt to” (77). Reveals an intense and intimate moment with her “Then, all of a sudden, this tear plopped down on the checkerboard…I don’t know why, but it bothered the hell out of me” (78-79). “The she really started to cry, and the next thing I knew, I was kissing her all over- anywhere…” (79).
Jane Mirrors Holden’s situation and how he handles it “…I asked Jane what the hell was going on. She wouldn’t even answer me, then. She made out like she was concentrating on her next move…”(78) – Holden won’t admit or turn to anyone for help May explain his preoccupation with Jane and wanting to talk to her He wants to protect her
Ernie’s “I think it’s because sometimes when he plays, he sounds like the kind of guy that won’t talk to you unless you’re a big shot.” (80) – Assumption – Holden makes this conclusion based on the way Ernie plays the piano.
Ducks Typical question by Holden, but a new piece of information “I mean does somebody come around in a truck or something and take them away, or do they fly away by themselves—go south or something?” (82)
Ducks What is it that Holden is saying? Who is responsible for the well-being and safety of the ducks? Other people? The ducks themselves?
Horowitz The cab driver Reaction “The fish don’t go no place. They stay right where they are, the fish. Right in the … lake.” (82)
Horowitz “It’s tougher for the fish, the winter and all, than it is for the ducks…” (82) “If you was a fish, Mother Nature’d take care of you, wouldn’t she? Right? You don’t think them fish just die when it gets to be winter, do ya?” (83)
Horowitz “They can’t just ignore the ice. They can’t just ignore it.” (82) Symbolism of ice?
Holden’s Loneliness Desperate for companionship “Anyway, it made me feel depressed and lousy again, and I damn near got my coat back and went back to the hotel, but it was too early and I didn’t feel much like being alone” (84). He’s alone- the one out of place – Realizes it but doesn’t do anything about it “I certainly began to feel like a prize horse’s ass, though, sitting there all by myself” (86).
Ernie’s “In a funny way, though, I felt sort of sorry for him when he was finished. I don’t even think he knows any more when he’s playing right or not. It isn’t all his fault. I partly blame all those dopes that clap their heads off-they’d foul up anybody, if you gave them a chance.” (84) Who truly do we feel sorry for? “if anybody gave them a chance?” Who gave him a chance?
Ernie’s People are to blame “People are always ruining things for you.” (87)