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The Catcher in the Rye

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Camille Stone
Ms. Freeburg
English 11 Honors-6
24 August, 2012

The Catcher in the rye: Chapter 1
Significant passage: “You were supposed to commit suicide or something if old Pencey didn’t win” (2). Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Reader
Significance to the story: This passage shows the extremity of the schools dignity and school spirit. Reading this helps you realize that the school doesn’t tolerate failure and imperfections. You can assume that this could be one of the reasons Holden was kicked out of Pencey, aside from his academic failures. Thought provoking question about the passage: How is the school viewed from an outside perspective? The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 2

Significant passage: “Life is a game boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules” (8). Speaker: Mr. Spencer
Audience: Holden Caulfield
Significance to the story: The significance to this passage is that it almost foreshadows what Holden goes through throughout the story. It’s something that Holden doesn’t seem to understand. Even though he’s cocky enough to think that he understands, he really does not and it gets him into a lot of trouble. Thought provoking question about the passage: Did Holden ever really understand? The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 3

Significant passage: “I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life” (16). Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Reader
Significance to the story: This passage is really the main basis around the whole story. Holden continues to lie and lie and lie. His lies only get him into more trouble as the storyline progresses further. Thought provoking question about the passage: Does Holden ever learn his lesson about lying? The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 4

Significant passage: “He wanted you to think that the only reason that he was lousy at writing compositions was because he stuck the commas in the wrong place” (28). Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Reader
Significance to the story: Over the course of...