1. Alienation Holden was explaining how he left the fencing gear back on the subway in New York. They team ostracized him the whole way back showing that he is a bit of an outcast. He tries to cover his feelings up by saying it was funny, but he really is hurt by this.
| I left all the foils and equipment and stuff on the goddam subway. It wasn't all my fault. I had to keep getting up to look at this map, so we'd know where to get off. So we got back to Pencey around two-thirty instead of around dinnertime. The whole team ostracized me the whole way back on the train. It was pretty funny, in a way.
| 1) This shows Holden making one mistake and in return being outcast from the rest of his team. Much like society and people, if you make one mistake you’re turned into an outcast. 2) This relates to the theme because Holden is Alienated from his fencing team. 3) This theme is significant to the novel because it shows Holden’s being alienated.
| 2 .Dealing with Failure & PressureHolden talks about how he was kicked out for failing almost all of his subject. He tries to tell the reader that it is a normal thing, being kicked out of Pencey Prep, while in reality, it is not.
| I forgot to tell you about that. They kicked me out. I wasn't supposed to come back after Christmas vacation on account of I was flunking four subjects and not applying myself and all. They gave me frequent warning to start applying myself--especially around midterms, when my parents came up for a conference with old Thurmer--but I didn't do it. So I got the ax. They give guys the ax quite frequently at Pencey. It has a very good academic rating, Pencey. It really does.
| 1) I think this interprets how society puts a bunch of stress and pressure on people to succeed in schools or the workplace. They also use success as a main example and never really talk about when people fail. 2) This relates because Holden feels because throughout the book he realizes every once in awhile how he is failing, but quickly brushes it away. 3) This theme is significant to the novel because Holden reacts this way throughout most situations.
| 3. Loss of Trust in AdultsHolden is angered that Mr. Spencer would invite him over to confront him about his test and grades rather than use this time with him to say goodbye.
| He put my goddam paper down then and looked at me like he'd just beaten hell out of me in ping-pong or something. I don't think I'll ever forgive him for reading me that crap out loud. I wouldn't've read it out loud to him if he'd written it--I really wouldn't. In the first place, I'd only written that damn note so that he wouldn't feel too bad about flunking me.
| 1) I think it could represent parent’s and their use of their short time with their children. While most parents should spend time doing fun, memorable activities, a lot of parents just pester their children about school work. 2) This relates to Catcher because over time Holden slowly loses more and more trust in adults he thought were close to him. 3) This theme is significant because Holden won’t grow up.
| 4. HypocrisyHolden talks about how Stradlater is a really cool guy, and how he would lend you a tie if you needed it, when he later goes on to talk about how much a jerk Stradlater is and how he hates him.
| "He's conceited, but he's very generous in some things. He really is," I said. "Look. Suppose, for instance, Stradlater was wearing a tie or something that you liked. Say he had a tie on that you liked a helluva lot--I'm just giving you an example, now. You know what he'd do? He'd probably take it off and give it ta you. He really would. Or--you know what he'd do? He'd leave it on your bed or something. But he'd give you the goddam tie. Most guys would probably just--"
| 1) This shows Holden being friendly about someone one second, and then turning on them the next. 2) This relates to the theme because Holden is being hypocritical. 3) This theme is significant to the novel because...
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