The Catcher in the Rye
“This sentence I’m reading is terrific” I can be quite sarcastic when I’m in the mood (28)
| Sarcasm is a typical teenage behavior that is funny to some, but annoying to others. In this sentence he uses sarcasm.
| “Jane Gallagher,” I said. I couldn’t get over it. “Jesus H. Christ.” (41)
| Jane Gallagher is an important person in Holden’s life. As soon as he hears her name mentioned he gets happy.
| He got leukemia and died when we were up in Maine, on July 18, 1946. You’d have liked him. He was two years younger than I was, but he was about fifty times as intelligent. He was terrifically intelligent. (49)
| This quote is important because it informs the reader that Holden had a younger brother named Allie but sadly Allie died.
| This next part I don’t remember so hot. All I know is I got up from the bed, like I was going to the can or something, and then I tried to sock him, with all my might, right smack in the toothbrush, so it would split his goddam throat open. (56)
| Holden is upset about Stradlater and Jane, and his anger gets takes over him. That desire to hurt the ones who hurt him take over Holden, and he lets his anger do those violent actions.
| I didn’t even bother to get up. I just lay there on the floor for a while, and kept calling him a moron sunuvabitch. I was so mad, I was practically bawling. “Listen. Go wash your face,” Stradlater said. “Ya hear me?” I told him to go wash his own moron face- which was a pretty childish thing to say, but I was mad as hell. (58)
| Holden is so sad and hurt… he just lies on the floor after being restrained, in tears.
| When I was all set to go, when I had my bags and all, I stood for a while next to the stairs and took a last look down the goddam corridor. I was sort of crying. I don’t know why. (68)
| Depression is normal and a lot of teenagers, including me, can really relate to those sad thoughts and feelings.
| I was right away sorry I’d said it, but it was too late. (75)
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