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 this novel, Holden talks about hating just every little thing about everyone. This passage is just another example of his obvious dislikes about everyone. His dislikes of people can extend to the littlest of things, even commas. Thought provoking question about the passage: Was there ever anyone whom he had no dislike for? The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 5

Significant passage: “I mean I’m not going to be a goddam surgeon or violinist or anything anyway” (39). Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Reader
Significance to the story: Holden looks down on himself. He fully believes that even if he tries his hardest (which he will not), he can not do anything. He feels that he is inferior, yet other times superior. Thought provoking question about the passage: Why couldn’t he just believe that he could get out there and do something with his life? The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 6

Significant passage: “All morons hate when you call them a moron” (44). Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Reader
Significance to the story: Holden has no respect for anyone. He doesn’t like to think before he speaks. So, he ends up offending people. Even though he offends people, ho doesn’t care. Thought provoking question about the passage: Does he think of himself as a moron? The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 7

Significant passage: “Sleep tight ya morons!” (52).
Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Kids in the dorm
Significance to the story: This is just another example of Holden’s disrespect and blatant hatred to everyone and everything around him. He feels the need to let everyone know of just how much of a moron they really are. He doesn’t care about anyone’s feelings. Thought provoking question about the passage: Who isn’t a moron in his mind? The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 8

Significant passage: “I probably would’ve told her what really happened, but it would’ve taken too long.” (56). Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Reader
Significance to the story: This passage shows...
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