What challenges doesHolden face regarding his reality?
The People around him Loss of his brother Allie His parents’ misunderstanding of Holden D.B. in Hollywood “…I was surrounded by phonies. They were coming in the goddam window.” Sally and Jane Innocent Children People in bars like the 3 women Adults
Family Loss of his brother Allie His parents’ misunderstanding of Holden Social Caste D.B in Hollywood Phoebe
Growing Up & Adulthood Central Park Half-Frozen Lake The Ducks The Catcher in the Rye Transition from child to man
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 Suicidal Thoughts
Phony’s everywhere! Everyone generally Celebrities Himself Friends Women Adults Anyone who isn’t just a small “innocent” child Actors
Loneliness and Alienation The Ducks Wandering in the streets of New York City Uses people he doesn’t like for company Tries to use a prostitute for company instead of giving her ‘the time’ He tries to alienate himself
“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?
The Incident with Holden Caulfield and Maurice What happened?“…Im crazy. I swear to God I am. About halfway to the bathroom, I sort of started pretending I had a bullet in my guts. Old Maurice had plugged me. Now I was on the way to the bathroom to get a good shot of bourbon or something to steady my nerves and help me really go into action. I pictured myself coming out of the goddam bathroom, dressed and all, with my automatic in my pocket, and staggering around a little bit. Then Id walk downstairs, instead of using the elevator. Id hold onto the banister and all, with this blood trickling out of the side of my mouth a little at a time. What Id do, Id walk down a few floors--holding onto my guts, blood leaking all over the place-- and then Id ring the elevator bell. As soon as old Maurice opened the doors, hed see me with the automatic in my hand and hed start screaming at me, in this very high-pitched, yellow-belly voice, to leave him alone. But Id plug him anyway. Six shots right through his fat hairy belly. Then Id throw my automatic down the elevator shaft--after Id wiped off all the finger prints and all. Then Id crawl back to my room and call up Jane and have her 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?
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.178-179) 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 at the Wicker Bar What happened?“…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. I didnt want anybody to know I was even wounded. I was concealing the fact that I was a wounded sonuvabitch.”(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 figured it was some perverty bum thatd sneaked in the school late at night to take a leak or something and then wrote it on the wall. I kept picturing myself catching him at it, and how Id 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:1. Family2. Phony’s Everywhere3. Growing Up and Adulthood4. Death5. Loneliness6. People around him He does indeed construct different realities:1. Himself being the ‘Catcher in the Rye’2. Incident with Maurice3. Pretending to be Deaf-Mute4. Holden and Sally Hayes5. Holden at the Wicker Bar6. The F**K You Signs on the Wall