Family Loss of his brother Allie His parents’ misunderstanding of Holden Social Caste
The People around him Holden’s relationships with his parents and siblings have deteriorated Loss of his brother Allie His parents’ misunderstanding of Holden
Loneliness and Alienation The Ducks Wandering in the streets of New York City
Death and Mortality Loss of Allie from Leukemia Holden is confused and depressed James Castle’s Death at Elkton Hills Desires the thought of death – Innocence The Mummies Old Ossenburger
The Incident with Holden Caulfield and Maurice What happened?“Then he smacked me… About hallway to the bathroom, I sort of started pretending I had a bullet in my guts…I pictured myself coming out of the goddam bathroom, dressed and all… What I’d do, I’d walk down a few floors –holding onto my guts, blood leaking all over the place… As soon as old Maurice opened the doors, he’d see me with the automatic in my hand and he’d start screaming at me… But I’d plug him anyway. Six shots right through his fat hair belly… Then I’ll have Jane come over and bandage up my guts. I pictured her holding a cigarette for me to smoke while I was bleeding and all”(Ch.14 pg.94) What realities did he construct and what does it mean?
“The Catcher in the Rye” What happened?“I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy 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… I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I ‘d really like to be…” (Ch.22 pg.156) What realities did he construct and what does it mean?
Holden Caulfield and Sally Hayes What happened?“Here’s my idea. I know this guy down in Greenwich Village that we can borrow his cab for a couple of weeks. He used to go to the same school I did and he still owes me ten bucks… We’d stay in these cabin camps and stuff like that… I could get a job somewhere and we could live somewhere with a brook and all and, later on, we could get married or something… Honest to god, we could have a terrific time!”(Ch.17 pg.118-119) What realities did he construct and what does it mean?
Holden Pretends His Deaf-Mute What happened? “I thought what I’d do was, I’d pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes. That way I wouldn’t have to have any goddam stupid useless conversations with anybody… Everybody’d think I was just a poor deaf-mute and they’d leave me alone…I’d meet this beautiful girl that was also a deaf-mute and we’d get married… I got excited as hell thinking about it. I really did…” (Ch.25 pg.178-189) What realities did he construct and what does it mean?
Holden at the Wicker Bar What happened?“When I was really drunk, I started that stupid business with the bullet in my guts again. I was the only guy at the bar with a bullet in their guts. I kept putting my hand under my jacket, on my stomach and all, to keep the blood from dripping all over the place… Boy, was I drunk.”(Ch.20 pg.135) What realities did he construct and what does it mean?
The F**k You Signs on the Wall What Happened? “I kept picturing myself catching him at it, and how’d I smash his head on the stone steps till he was good and goddam dead and bloody.” (Ch.25, pg.181) What realities did he construct and what does it mean?
Summary Holden faces a lot of challenges:22.214.171.124.5.6. He does indeed construct different realities:126.96.36.199.5.6.