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The catcher in the rye
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what does holden mean when he says that his bro DB is in hollywood being a prostitute
D.B. is out in Hollywood being a prostitute means that he's getting rich by writing cheap skits for movie producers.
where is holden as the story begins
Holden is overlooking the football field, on Thomson Hill. Right before that, he was in a mental institution.
where and what is pencey prep
Pencey Prep is a private school for boys, and it is in Agerstown,Pennsylvania.
how did holden let the fencing team down
Holden let the fencing team down by leaving the foils, and equipment, and stuff on the subway.
why was holden being kicked out of pencey prep
Holden was being kicked out of Pencey Prep because he was flunking four classes, and he was not applying himself. He wanted to get out, he hated school, just wanted to get out.
what kind of health does holden appear to be in
Holden thinks he's healthy, but he takes his health not seriously. He smokes, and doesn't take good care of himself.
who is mr. spencer and why does holden visit him?
Mr. Spencer is Holden's history teacher and Holden visits him because Mr. Spencer requested to see him before he went away
what did spencer do that particularly annoyed holden
Spencer kept calling Holden boy, he repeated phrases twice, and he's annoyed that Mr. Spencer actually cares about him
what does holden give us for leacing elkton hills
Holden left Elkton hill because he was surrounded by phonies.
what does holden mean, im quite illiterate but read a lot
When Holden says that he's quite illiterate but reads a lot, he is just very bad at reading(at least in his opinion, probably drilled into his head), but he enjoys reading even though he's not good at it. He reads books like "Out of Africa " by Isak Dinesen, "The return of the native ", "Of Human Bondage" by Somerset Maugham, and authors like his brother, Ring Lardner, Thomas Hardy. He likes classical and funny books.
who is ackley, describe him
Ackely is a student at Pencey. He's tall, round-shouldered, lousy teeth, and a face full of pimples. He has poor personal hygiene. He's really annoying, doesn't take a hint and bugs Holden.
what does ackley do that annoys holden
Things Ackley does to annoy Holden is ask too many questions, make Holden repeat things, touch EVERYTHING in his room and put it back in the wrong place.
whos stradlater, why does holden say he is a secret slob, what does he look like
Stradlater is Holden's roommate. Holden refers to him as a "secret slob" because although he appears very clean, and handsome, he has very bad hygiene. He uses old, rusty razors, full of hairs, but looks clean shaven and nice. Stradlater looks pretty handsome, but is extremely narcissistic.
what point does holden try to make about people when he talks about stradlater and the commas and ackleys description of the bball player
The point Holden tries to make about people when he talks about Stradlater, the commas, and the basketball player, is that people blame why they can't or can do something. Stradlater says the only reason he can't write I'd because he puts commas in the wrong place, but he just sucks at writing. Ackley says the guy is only good at basketball because of his build, not based on his skill.
why did it make holden nervous that stradlater was going out with jane gallagher
It made Holden nervous that Stradlater was going out with Jane Gallagher because he knows Jane, and she is a good girl, and Stradlater is a jerk who only wants one thing from girls. Holden is afraid that Jane will be hurt by Holden.
who is allie and why is his baseball mitt so special to holden
Allie is Holden's brother, who died of leukemia in Maine on July 18, 1946. He was two years younger than Holden. He was the most intelligent person in their family, and teachers loved him. Contrary to belief, even though he had red hair, he did not get angry at anyone. Holden cared for him deeply because when he died, he broke all the windows in the garage and broke his knuckles. The baseball mitt was special to Holden because it was Allie's. Allie had written poems on the mitt, to read when he was bored on the field.
why did holdens parents want to have him pschoanalyzed
His parents wanted him to psychoanalyzed because he had broken all the windows in the garage after Allie died. He didn't care, because he loved his brother and didn't care about anything g else.
what do holden and stradlater fight over
Holden and Stradlater fight over Jane Gallagher. Stradlater won't tell Holden what he did with Jane, and Holden is upset because he knows exactly what they did together. Stradlater doesn't understand why Holden is upset. When Holden hits him, he forces him onto the ground, and doesn't allow him to move. Then Holden accuses Stradlater of always yelling because he never wants to discuss anything intelligent, then Stradlater punches him in the nose.
holden says he is a pacifist, what is that and is he
A pacifist is a person who does not agree with war, and avoid all physical fights, they do not believe it is the right way to deal with arguments. And no, Holden is not a pacifist because he hit Stradlater first, even though he could've confronted him verbally.
why does holden decide to visit ackleys room
Holden suddenly decides to visit Ackley because he wants to leave his room and Stradlater. He wants to stay up and thinks Ackley will stay up with him.
where does holden then decide to go
Holden then decides to go to New York because he's being kicked out anyways, and decides to take a mini vacation.
what is his final goodbye to pencey prep
"Sleep tight, ya morons!" was his final good bye to Pencey.
why do you think holden was crying as he left
Although Holden hated Pencey Prep, he had finally had a real home for a little while, and got emotional about it.
what does holden mean when he says all mothers are slightly insane
When Holden says, "Mothers are all slightly insane", he means that all mothers think their kids are the best, and want to be ignorant towards their flaws. They will do anything for their children, although the children may not do the same for them.
what are some of the lies holden tells mrs. morrow, do you think hes as sorry for them as he stated
Some of the lies Holden tells Mrs. Morrow are: his name is Rudolf Schmidt, that Ernest adapts himself to things, that although he seems snobbish, he's really got an original personality. Another lie was that everyone wanted Ernest to be class president, but he was so modest and shy he refused. Holden tells her he has a tumour in his brain, and the reason he's out of school early is to get the surgery completed.
holden calls other people phony, in what way is he one
Holden is a phony is chapter nine because he calls Faith Cavendish, and wants to meet up with her, lies that he goes to a different school and invites her for a cocktail, but he is not of age to do so.
who is phoebe and what is holdens opinion of her
Phoebe is Holden's younger sister. She is incredibly smart, has red hair, and is very skinny. She is very likable, and is very smart for age. She is also very curious, and asks a lot of questions when over hearing Allie and Holden's conversation. Holden loves her very much, and she "kills everybody".
what evidence is there that shows us that holden probably doesnt look as old as he looks
Evidence that Holden probably doesn't look as old as he says he looks is because the bartender asks for I.d. Holden gets annoyed when people ask him for his age, treating him like a child. The girls at the table don't take him seriously and are constantly ignoring him. They only pay attention when he pretends a celebrity just left the place.
what was the past relationship like between holden and jane
The past relationship between Jane and Holden was a summer time love. The families despised each other, but Jane and Holden got along fine. Holden thought Jane was absolutely beautiful, and loved all her flaws. When Jane was upset, Holden comforted her. They would hold hands, and Jane put her hand on Holden's neck.
what do holden and the cab driver talk about
Holden and the cab driver talk about the ducks in the pond in central park. The cab driver think the ducks live in the ice during the winter, just like the fish. Both of these statements are incorrect. Holden continues to nag the cab driver about it and he gets very angry over it.
why does holden leave ernies
Holden leaves Ernie's because he told Lillian Simmons and her Navy boyfriend that he had to meet somebody so he had to leave.
previously holden stated he was pacifist, does the description of the glove thief support this or is he just yellow
Yes I believe Holden is a pacifist. He is partly "yellow ", he verbally prosecutes the glove thief, but he does not hit him. He is partly yellow because he wants to act tough and gangster like, but never follows through.
does holden have any guilty feelings about allie? do you feel this is abnormal in any way
Yes Holden has guilt feelings about Allie. He feels guilty that he didn't allow Allie to go with Holden and his friend Bobby to go on a picnic and shoot things with their BB guns. I believe this is normal because he feels guilty that he didn't get to spend more time with his brother. Then, when he died, Holden felt guilty that he didn't spend extra time with his brother.
what made holden cry
When Sunny takes the five dollars out of his wallet, he begins to cry.
what evidence shows us that holden might have made a good actor
Evidence that shows Holden is a good actor is the fact that when Maurice punched him in the stomach, after he pretended that Maurice had shot him in the gut. Then he would go down the banister, bleeding out and then shoot Maurice.
what is the point that holden tries to make about people when he elaborates about the suitcases of the nuns and of his former classmate
The point that Holden makes about the suitcases of the nuns and his old roommate is that everyone judges people based on something as small and insignificant as a suitcase. Prejudice is evident when he sees the nuns and immediately judges them. His former roommate was ashamed and didn't want to be judged, but instead wanted to leave Holden's suitcase out on display so everyone thought they were his.
how does holden treat the nuns
Holden treats the nuns with the same respect as anyone else. He was generous and donated to their cause, and even offered to take their bill. He talked about books, their travels, their careers. He didn't treat them differently because they were nuns. I think this is important, it shows Holden still has respect and love for others.
why does holden think it spoils a convo if someone asks what religion he is
Holden thinks that if spoils a conversation when they ask what religion he is, because then they immediately judge him. They won't treat him the same, they'll treat him differently depending on which religion he is a part of.
who does holden make a date with, why does he call her up if he thinks shes a phony
Holden makes a date with Sally Hayes.
how does holden treat little kids
Holden treats little kids very nicely. When he was trying to find his sister, he spoke to a little girl with roller skates. Unfortunately, she didn't know where Phoebe was, but Holden tightened her skates without her asking to. Then he invites her for a hot chocolate, but she needs to find her friend.
does holden know his way around the city
Holden knows his way around the city, which tells us he spent a lot of time outside of his apartment in New York as a child. He has a good memory?
how do holdens feelings for women compare to his feelings for men
Holden's feelings for women compare to his feelings for men because he believes some girls are amazing and sone are awful, but they would all marry boring guys after college. Guys who get sore if you beat them at golf, guys who are just mean. Never read books, only talked about themselves, and how many gallons they could get in their cars.
how does holden feel about actors
Holden hates actors because they try too hard to be like actual human beings, and end up acting more fake than normally. The Lunts were different, they were better actors, but Holden still hates them. They were good, too good, it's like they know they're famous.
what is point about the difference between men owning a car and men owning a horse
how does holden describe a boys school when talking to sallly
The boys at private schools were phonies. All they do is study until you'resmart enough to buy a Cadillac. You have to pretend you care the football team lost. All you do is talk about girls, liquor and sex all day. Everyone is situated in clichés.
why does holden want to take off with sally now instead of after college, whats the difference in his eyes
Holden wants to take off with Sally suddenly because he is very impulsive and doesn't have his emotions in order. He doesn't know what he wants. The difference in his eyes is he's
what is holdens opinion of the christmas show at radio city
why did holden think the woman who cried through the movie was a phony
why does holden get mad at luce for calling his(LUCE) old gf the hoe of new hampshire
who was luce to holden
how does holden act again in this chapter
Holden acts like he's been shot.
what happens to holden at the wicker bar
Calls Sally, tell her he's going to trim her Christmas tree and then dunks his head into a sink of water.
what happens to phoebes record
He drops it and it breaks. But he still keeps it
where does holden go right after he leaves the bar
He goes to the park. But he has wet and hair and is scared he will die of pneumonia
what information does holden finally tell us about allies funeral
Holden didn't attend Allie's funeral because he was in the hospital for his hand
what does holden say about allie that contradicts all his other statements about being an atheist
He knows Allie'ssoul is in heaven even though he's buried among dead people.
after he leaves thepark, where does he go
Decides to see his little sister. Doesn't want his parents to know he's in town, but wants to see her before he dies.
what does holden find so intriguing about phoebes notebook
The notes she writes to her friends and the questions she asks and the answers provided.
why did it depress holden when an old guy told him that his days at pencey were the happiest days of his life
Because Holden never liked Pencey to begin with
what does it tell us about holden when phoebe states you dont like anything thats happening
When phoebe says you don'tlike anything it shows he is depressed because he has lost interest in everything. Not grateful for anything
why does holden think about james castle when phoebe asks him to name one thing he likes a lot, why does he deny really knowing james, what does it tell us about holden when he says just because somebodys dead you dont just stop liking them, for gods sake--especially if they were a thousand times nicer than the people you know that're alive and all
what does holden tell phoebe he'd like to be
He wants to the catcher in the rye. Catch kids. Before adulthood
who is mr. antolini
One teacher he actually liked
how does phoebe cover for holden when their parents come home
She couldn'tsleep, lit one cigarette and threw it out the window.
in talking to her parents how does phoebe sound like holden
She changes the topic often. Tried to get rid of them.
what does phoebe do that makes holden cry
Gives him all her Christmas money
what does holden give phoebe
His red hunting cap
why did holden fail his speech class
He didn'tshow up to perform his regression thing
how does holden feel physically while he talks to mr. antolini
He had a headache
what does holden say about him hating people such as ackley and stradlater
He only hates them part of the time and when he's awau from them he misses them.
what does antolinis quote mean the mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one
The immature man thinks what he's doing is noble but really it's stupid. No one cares about the immature man'sactions. The mature man lives humbly and everyone cares and loves him.
how does antolini upset and scare holden
Antolini had still been nice even if he was creepy.
later, after he has had time to think about it what does holden think about antolini
Holden believes he has bad hormones. Looks like the guy with lousy hormones
why does the article on hormones upset holden
Holden feels like he is going down as he steps off the curb
what strange feeling does holden start to have when he steps off the curb
He keeps repeating "Allie don't let me disappear " because he is scared of death
why does he keep repeating allie dont let me disappear
Go out west but first he has to tell phoebe.
what does holden decide he must do next, where does he go first
go out west
with all the bad language holden uses why was he so upset that curse words were written on a school wall
Because kids would see it, sorry about and then some wide eyed kid would tell them
how does holden treat the two small boys in the museum
Treats them good, kind of teases them, they "kill them" he thinks its hilarious
why is it so important to holden that phoebe not be mad at him, relate this to his past and allie
Holden doesn't want Phoebe mad at him because one day he will regret it just like when Allie got mad at him before he died. Holden regrets these moments and wants Phoebe to stay happy with him
what does holden mean when he states the thing with kids is if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it and not say anything, if they fall off, they fall off, buts its not if you say anything to them
When kids grab for the gold ring, they are reaching for their goals, even if they seem impossible, let them try and see how they will do. Never tell a kid they can't accomplsih something
what is the carrousel symbolic of
maintain the same cyclical pattern.
represent youth and innocence
throughout his whole adolescence, he never really grew up. He was always irrational and unrealistic.
is Holden not riding the carousel.
attempting to escape the cycles that he has been on during his adolescent years.
at the conclusion, where is holden
Holden is in the mental institution
what was the past relationship like between holden and jane
Jane and Holden's past relationship was that Holden was deeply attracted to her, and she just went for conceited guys, which made him feel unappreciated.
what does holden mean when he says dont ever tell anybody anything. if you do, you start missing everybody
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