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1 The Catcher in The Rye Chapters 1-3

2 Holden Narration / Cynical tone –“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap…” (Salinger 1). Allusion Story told from adult’s perspective Holden tells story as a teenager –Holden will tell story in a deeper, more intelligent level singular first-person perspective –Follow along with Holden

3 Tone “Besides, I’m not going to tell you my whole goddam autobiography or anything. I’ll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me around last Christmas just before I got pretty run-down and had to come out here and take it easy” (1). –Where he is telling the story from –Doesn’t include personal information

4 Characterization “practically the whole school except me was there…” (2) –Ostracized by fencing team – On his way to Spencer’s, been expelled

5 Holden Holden Characterization – Contradiction Respects their academia but hates it “ 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 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,” (Salinger 4). Looks for a sense or feeling of good-by –Indicates true feelings

6 Holden Holden Characterization – Contradiction: Praises academia but hates Pencey “ 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,” (4). Looks for a sense or feeling of good-by –Indicates true feelings

7 Characterization “After I got across the road, I felt like I was sort of disappearing. It was that kind of a crazy afternoon, terrifically cold, and no sun out or anything, and you felt like you were disappearing every time you crossed a road” (5). –Feels lonely and isolated

8 Tone Holden’s Tone: Cynical “Game, my ass. Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game, all right…But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it?” (Salinger 8). Holden refuses to “play” by the rules – conform Alienation- identifies with the “other side” Contempt for adults

9 Holden Characterization –Refuses to face reality –Reality causes sadness and despair of his situation “I didn’t like hearing him say that. It made me sound dead or something. It was very depressing,” (14). “ But I just couldn’t hang around there any longer, the way we were on opposite sides of the pole…” (15). “It made me feel sad as hell,” (15).

10 Holden Characterization - Hypocrisy that surrounds him - Ugliness which surrounds him - Unpleasantness of Spencer’s room - Reveals own flaws and condemns the rest of the world

11 Holden’s Actions Despises everyone/ everything –Contradiction in his thoughts Surface behavior versus inner feelings No close bond- irritating/ disgusting

12 Characterization “I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life” (16). –Indicates that he will lie, unreliable narrator –Exaggeration but not malicious –Life is boring for Holden, how he “spices it up”

13 Hunting Hat “…then I put on this hat that I’d bought in New York that morning. It was this red hunting hat, with one of those very, very long peaks…The way I wore it, I swung the old peak way around to the back- very corny, I’ll admit, but I liked it that way. I looked good that way” (17-18). –Holden’s sense of joy when he wears it –Unconventional in style, as Holden sees himself

14 Ackley & Stradlater Recluse Gross personal habits Hates everyone Loner Self-absorbed Concerned with appearance Many friends Still acts kindly to both

15 Holden’s Interactions Parallel between Ackley and Holden: –Isolation –Bitter, critical tone and outlook -shield themselves from others. –Ackley’s annoying habits protect him from interaction & intimacy –Interaction & intimacy are what Holden needs and fears most


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