"...you were supposed to commit suicide or something if old Pencey didn't win" (2).
Holden's depressed state of mind is shown in this sentence when he mentions suicide, which he treats facetiously. Committing suicide is something that most people don't consider, but Holden's passing thoughts about suicide may suggest that he has depressing thoughts.
"All of a sudden then, I wanted to get the hell out of the room" (10).
Holden is very moody and somewhat bipolar. He constantly changes his mind about things, proposes crazy getaway schemes, and contradicts himself often. He didn't mind visiting Mr. Spencer's until Holden thought he was going to be lectured.
"Suspense is good for some bastards like Stradlater" (28).
Not only is Holden's sadistic tendencies evidently at work, Holden also contradicts himself and changes his mind about Stradlater.
Earlier, he had defended Stradlater against Ackley and mentioned the decent kind of things Stradlater did. Now, Holden has decided that Stradlater is a "bastard" and continues to think negatively about Stradlater.
"I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it" (39).
Holden is very depressed and angry about his brother, Allie's, death. Though his anger is more apparent the night of Allie's death through his violent actions, Holden's negativity still exists in his vulgar words and violent and depressing thoughts.
"'What's the routine on joining a monastery?'" (50).
Holden is extremely impulsive. He considers very outrageous schemes that involve running away and starting a new life that does not involve schoolwork. Later in the book, he considers another scheme involving running away with Sally.
Late Saturday Night 12 p.m. 1 a.m. 2 a.m. 3 a.m. 4 a.m. Leaves Pencey Meets Mrs. Morrow Ask Cabbie about ducks Lavender Room Sunny
Holden leaves the sandwich bar and walks down Broadway. There, he encounters a father, mother, and little boy walking down the street. The little boy is singing "If a body catch a body coming through the rye". (abt. noon)
Stops into a record store and buys recording of "Little Shirley Beans" for Phoebe.
Goes to the theater and buys two tickets for the play "I Know My Love" for his date with Sally Hayes.
Travels to Central park to see if Phoebe is there.
Holden calls Carl Luce. They make plans for drinks later that night
Holden goes to the movies at Radio City. He watches the Christmas pagent and the movie. He notices a women crying next to him, who is ignoring her son.
The movie was him passing time
“ The Part that got me was, there was a lady sitting next to me that cried all through the goddam picture. The phonier it got, the more she cried. You’d have thought she was kindhearted as hell, but I was sitting right next to her, and she wasn’t. she had this little kid with her. . .” (139).
Sunday Night 10 p.m. 11 p.m. 12 p.m. The Wicker Bar Carl Luce leaves While drunk he calls Sally
Significance: Phoebe gets mad and Holden admits that he hates school because of phonies and reveals that he still thinks about Allie. This is important because it proves that Holden is depressed and cynical.
“‘ Just because somebody’s dead, you just don’t stop liking them, for God’s sake - especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that’re alive and all”’(223).
Holden says that he just wants to be the catcher in the rye.
End of Chapter 22.
Significance:It is the theme of book and it’s title. Catcher in the rye is a poem by Robert Burns and when it is sung, Holden imagines a cliff on a field of rye, which represents the edge of childhood onto adulthood, and Holden wishes to catch everyone before they go over the cliff. Holden’s wish, symbolizes the of the saving the innocent.
“‘ What I have to do , I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them”’(224,225).
Significance: Holden has no place to sleep and he’s lonely.Mr. Antolini was his best teacher and Holden remembers that Mr. Antolini was the first person to touch the dead body of James Castle. Holden actually respects this person.
“ I said I’d flunked out of Pencey, though. I thought I might as well tell him”(226).
Holden’s parents come back from their party and he hides in her closet.
Middle of chapter 23.
Significance: Rebellious towards parents. Loyalty to Phoebe, who is not ‘phony’ to Holden.
“ I grabbed my shoes and got in the closet and shut the door”(229).
Holden borrows money from Phoebe and gives his hunting hat to her
End of chapter 23.
Significance: Holden is dependent on Phoebe. When Holden give his hunting hat to Phoebe, it symbolizes that he is less rebellious around Phoebe.
“ She put the dough in my hand”(232).
Later Monday Morning 4 a.m. 5 a.m. 6 a.m. 7 a.m. 8 a.m. Goes to Mr. Antolini’s Wakes to Mr. Antolini’s petting Leaves to go to Grand Central
Holden falls asleep on Mr. Antolini’s couch, while they were having a conversation about Holden’s situation.
Begin. & mid. of Chapter 24
Significance: While Mr. Antolini deeply discusses Holden’s life, Holden still does not feel like talking about his future and becomes sleepy. This is the effect of Holden’s depression and cynical attitude.
“‘ I have a terrible feeling that you’re riding for some kind of a terrible, terrible fall. But I don’t honestly know what kind . . . Are you listening to me?’”(242).
Holden wakes up to the petting of Mr. Antolini and leaves.
End of chapter 24
Significance: Displays the distrust of people in Holden’s attitude. Holden is pessimistic.
“ What he was doing was, he sitting on the floor right next to the couch, in the dark and all, and he was sort of petting me or patting me on the goddam head”(249).
Holden goes to Grand Central Subway and sleeps in the waiting room
Beginning of Chapter 25 around 9:00 am, Monday.
Significance: Adds to the fact that Holden and his thoughts wander around. He is too depressed to think straight or act reasonably.
Monday 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 12 p.m. Goes to eat and has a breakdown Decides to go west and writes to Phoebe Phoebe meets him and wants to go with Phoebe rides the carousel
Holden goes to a cheap restaurant and has a breakdown on 5th avenue.
Begin. & mid. Chapter 25
Significance: At the restaurant Holden finds that he cannot sallow the doughnuts. When he walks down fifth avenue, Holden feels as if he was disappearing into nothing. His mental illness is affecting his physical health and behavior.
“ I thought I’d just go down, down, down, and nobody’d would ever see me again. Boy, did it scare me”(256).
Holden decides to go west and writes Phoebe a note to meet him at the Museum.
Middle of Chapter 25
Significance: Holden is making irrational decisions to cope with his loneliness from recently being with Phoebe and Mr. Antolini. He is trying to run away from his cynical and depressing view of the world.
“ Dear Phoebe, I can’t wait around till Wednesday any more so I will probably hitch hike out west this afternoon”(260).
Phoebe meets Holden, intending to go with him. She also chucks the hunting hat at Holden.
End of chapter 25. Around lunchtime.
Significance: The hunting hat symbolizes rebellious individuality. When Holden tells her that she can’t come, she throws the hat in anger. Holden is left alone to be the rebel.
“ All she did was, she took off my red hunting hat - the one I gave her - and practically chucked it right in my face”(269).
Phoebe rides the carousel two times and Holden nearly cries.
End of chapter 26.
Significance: The carousel symbolizes the continuance of innocence, because it is a part of childhood that goes round and round and never changes. Holden even mentions that they played the same song they played when he was young. As Phoebe rides the carousel, he accepts that his dream of “saving the innocent” is a childish dream and nearly cries as Phoebe rides for the second time.
“ I felt so damn happy all of the sudden, the way old Phoebe kept going around and around. I was damn near bawling”(275).
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