girls. Every time they do something pretty,even if they're not much to look at, or evenif they're sort of stupid, you fall half in lovewith them, and then you never know
the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. Theycan drive you crazy.
They really can”(70).
important in his development due to thisactually being something other than asexual relationship he looks forward towhen meeting a girl, which alienates himfrom most other guys, especially those hementioned at Pencey, in terms of innocence.
"Boy, do I hate it," I said. "But it isn't justthat. It's everything. I hate living in NewYork and all. Taxicabs, and Madisonavenue buses, with the drivers and allalways yelling at you to get out at the reardoor, and being introduced to phony guysthat call the Lunts angels, and going up anddown in elevators when you just want to gooutside, and guys fitting your pants all thetime at Brooks, and people
This quote shows the motif of “hate” due tothe details pertaining to Holden Caulfield’
shate for his surrounding, which may bereflected off his mood and his currentsituations, this is important in hisdevelopment due to this being one of themany times he shows details of his loathingof his surroundings. Comparatively, heonce again separates him self from normalsociety because of his loathing for hiscasual surroundings, which were taxis,cabs, and other things common in NewYork City.
“Anyway, it was the Saturday of thefootball game. […] I remember around
three o'clock that afternoon I was standingway the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill.
[…] You could see the whole field from
there, and you could see the two teams
bashing each other all over the place. […]You could hear them all yelling”(2).
This quote shows the motif of “isolation”
since it elucidates the loneliness andalienation he felt in comparison to otherpeople, this is important because the firsttime we know where Holden is in the story,it turns out to be away from a major event.This is important in his development due tothe details supporting his eager need toseparate from others and be by himself
from those he see as “phonies”.
It drove me damn near crazy. I thoughthow Phoebe and all the other little kids
would see it, and how they’d wonder what
the hell it meant…”(201).
This quote contains the motif of “beinginvolved” because Holden’s new trait of trying to “save the innocence of others”
really changes his views on the world andhow he reacts to immoral things, whichreally is a major constituent that haschanged in his personality, somethingwhich separates himself from others in thebook who practically have the samepersonality.
I was only thirteen, and they were goingto have my psychoanalyzed and all,because I broke all the windows in thegarage. I don't blame them. I really don't. Islept in the garage the night he died, and I
This quote contains the motif of “madness”
due to the details pertaining to the reasons
Caulfield’s emotional and mental
instability root from, which is a majorcomponent of his self supposed alienationfrom others, a major factor that contributes