The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. SALINGER
"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like . . . and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth" (1) David Copperfield covers the majority of Copperfield's life from child to adulthood but Holden is saying that he isn't going to do the same (presumably he doesn't want to or doesn't think it necessary) - he just tells the reader about his present experiences. “The whole team ostracized me the whole way back on the train. It was pretty funny, in a way” (3).
Holden watched the football game alone far away from others, justifying the fact by stating that his fencing team ostracized him on the train. "I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by . . . I don't care if it's a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. If you don't, you feel even worse". (4)
Although Holden was being kicked out, and did not care much about being kicked out, he felt he needed some sort of goodbye before he left, because he dislikes the feeling of leaving without anyone noticing him leaving at all. He doesn’t care if it is good or bad, he just wants to be recognized.
"People never notice anything" (9)
Holden believes that people don’t notice anything, especially about him. He states that people say he should act his age, when in reality he believes that he acts older than his age. "'I'm just going through a phase right now. Everybody goes through phases and all, don't they?'" (15). Holden went to say goodbye to one of his teachers Mr. Spencer, but soon after being lectured onto applying himself, Holden grew tired of hearing Mr. Spencer and was making excuses to what was going on. Holden just wanted to ease his way out of the conversation and get out of Mr. Spencers home.
"I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life" (16)
“ She wouldn’t move any of her kings. What she’d do, when she’d get a king, she wouldn’t move it. She’d just leave it in the back row…she just liked the way they looked when they were all in the back row” (32).
Holden is most definitely a Compulsive Liar, and one can even say he has some sort of disorder were he must lie about the smallest things, such as his name or where he is heading.
Holden was worried when Stradlater told him he was going to go on a date with Jane who is a girl Holden played checkers with when they were kids. He knows a lot of small things about her and seems to admire her small attributes, such as leaving her kings in the back row. "I didn't throw [the snowball] at anything, though. I started to throw it. At a car that was parked across the street. But I changed my mind. The car looked so nice and white. Then I started to throw it at a hydrant, but that looked too nice and white, too. Finally I didn't throw it at anything. All I did was close the window and walk around the room with the snowball, packing it harder" (36) Holden tried his hardest to throw the snowball but refrained due to the fact that everything looked so nice. Holden wasn’t afraid of getting caught, but was afraid of hitting such a beautiful looking thing. White is also the color of innocence. Holden could not hit the innocent car or fire hydrant. Holden eventually gave up and went on the bus with the snowball, but the bus driver made him throw it out because he did not believe that Holden would not throw the snowball. "You don't always have to get too sexy to get to know a girl" (76) Holden believes that he knows Jane Gallagher “Like a book”. He believes that you don’t have to be super intimate to learn about a girl, and that he learned a lot about Jane just from being close and sports. "You think if they're intelligent and all, the other person, and have a good sense of...
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