Yogeswaran 1 Shaiesh Yogeswaran A1 Ms.

Lanich AP Eng Lang / The Catcher In The Rye Project 11/28/12

Quote Innocence “Most guys at Pency just talked about having sexual intercourse with girls all the time – like Ackley, for instance – but old Stradlater really did it. I was personally acquainted with at least two girls he gave the time to. That's the truth”(48)

Analysis

Corruption "Take most people, they're crazy about cars. They worry if they get a little scratch on them, and they're always talking about how many miles they get to a gallon, and if they get a brand-new car already they start thinking about trading it in for one that's even newer"131). Youth “That annoyed me, for some reason. "Oh, Christ. Don't spoil it," I said. "I'm twelve, for Chrissake. I'm big for my age”(72).

This quote shows the theme of innocence due to Holden alienating himself from most guys at Pency in terms of already having sexual relations. This contributes to Holden’s development due to this quote signifying how even in the start of the novel he still had somewhat of a “naïve” and immaculate characterization. This quote shows the motif of corruption due to the quote taking on Holden’s principle of ethics pertaining to his use of the word, “phony”. This is an important due to the fact it is a part of his development, this part seeing the corruption of the world. This quote shows the motif of youth because this shows how Holden’s youthful appearance could have possibly hindered him from just dancing with a girl he met at a club, this is important due to the fact this is a huge constituent affecting the alienation he experiences from other people in terms of age and appearance. In this quote, Holden is detained from drinking alcohol due to his age, something he finds very irritating and thinks elucidates his experiences of indirect alienation when around a larger and older crowd. This also contributes somewhat to his character development because after this quote, he actually admits he is a minor, bringing him more in touch with his

Age “I ordered a Scotch and soda, and told him not to mix it – I said it fast as hell, because if you hem and haw, they think you're under twenty-one and won't sell you any intoxicating liquor. I had trouble with him anyway, though. "I'm sorry, sir," he said, "but do you have some verification of your age? Your driver's license, perhaps?" I

Yogeswaran 2 gave him this very cold stare, like he'd insulted the hell out of me, and asked him, "Do I look like I'm under twentyone?"(68). Honesty "God, I love it when a kid's nice and polite when you tighten their skate for them or something. Most kids are. They really are" (119). understanding side.

In this quote, Holden ponders to himself about the honesty and innocence children have, and the mere thought of it being robbed from them sickens him, this thought really changes his sense and thoughts toward today’s society by causing him into being more analytical towards even the slightest of social things. This furthers his alienation because his pondering of this actually is something unique to him, the thought of how much innocence a child has randomly is not something most people do. This quote contains the motif of hypocrisy Hypocrisy “One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton in The Catcher In The Rye due to the Hills was because I was surrounded by statements he made about why he left phonies. That's all. They were coming in Elkton Hills, which was supposedly for the goddam window. For instance, they had leaving people who presumed this headmaster, Mr. Haas that was the characteristics but actually didn’t have phoniest bastard I ever met in my life. Ten them, which is an aspect of a hypocritical times worse than old Thurmer. On person. This is an example of one of the Sundays, for instance, old Haas went most frequent times he alienates himself around shaking hands with everybody's from others, he identifies everyone else as parents when they drove up to school. He'd phonies and tries to stay away from them. be charming as hell and all. Except if some boy had little old funny-looking parents. You should've seen the way he did with my roommate's parents. I mean if a boy's mother was sort of fat or corny-looking or something, and if somebody's father was one of those guys that wear those suits with very big shoulders and corny black-andwhite shoes, then old Haas would just shake hands with them and give them a phony smile and then he'd go talk, for maybe a half an hour, with somebody else's parents. I can't stand that stuff. It drives me crazy. It makes me so depressed I go crazy. I hated that goddam Elkton Hills”(13). Love “I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about This quote contains the motif pertaining to love, specifically Holden’s frequent mentions of love towards girls, this is very

Yogeswaran 3 girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can”(70). Hate “"Boy, do I hate it," I said. "But it isn't just that. It's everything. I hate living in New York and all. Taxicabs, and Madison avenue buses, with the drivers and all always yelling at you to get out at the rear door, and being introduced to phony guys that call the Lunts angels, and going up and down in elevators when you just want to go outside, and guys fitting your pants all the time at Brooks, and people always…”(130). Isolation “Anyway, it was the Saturday of the football game. […] I remember around three o'clock that afternoon I was standing way 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). Involvement “It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it, and how they’d wonder what the hell it meant…”(201). important in his development due to this actually being something other than a sexual relationship he looks forward to when meeting a girl, which alienates him from most other guys, especially those he mentioned at Pencey, in terms of innocence. This quote shows the motif of “hate” due to the details pertaining to Holden Caulfield’s hate for his surrounding, which may be reflected off his mood and his current situations, this is important in his development due to this being one of the many times he shows details of his loathing of his surroundings. Comparatively, he once again separates him self from normal society because of his loathing for his casual surroundings, which were taxis, cabs, and other things common in New York City. This quote shows the motif of “isolation” since it elucidates the loneliness and alienation he felt in comparison to other people, this is important because the first time 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 to the details supporting his eager need to separate from others and be by himself from those he see as “phonies”. This quote contains the motif of “being involved” because Holden’s new trait of trying to “save the innocence of others” really changes his views on the world and how he reacts to immoral things, which really is a major constituent that has changed in his personality, something which separates himself from others in the book who practically have the same personality. 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 major component of his self supposed alienation from others, a major factor that contributes

Madness “I was only thirteen, and they were going to have my psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I don't blame them. I really don't. I slept in the garage the night he died, and I

Yogeswaran 4 broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it. I even tried to break all the windows on the station wagon we had that summer, but my hand was already broken and everything by that time, and I couldn't do it. It was a very stupid thing to do, I'll admit, but I hardly didn't even know I was doing it, and you didn't know Allie”(36). Youth "Boy!" I said. I also say "Boy!" quite a lot. Partly because I have a lousy vocabulary and partly because I act quite young for my age sometimes. I was sixteen then, and I'm seventeen now, and sometimes I act like I'm about thirteen. It's really ironical, because I'm six foot two and a half and I have gray hair. I really do. The one side of my head – the right side – is full of millions of gray hairs. I've had them ever since I was a kid. And yet I still act sometimes like I was only about twelve. Everybody says that, especially my father. It's partly true, too, but it isn't all true. People always think something's all true. I don't give a damn, except that I get bored sometimes when people tell me to act my age. Sometimes I act a lot older than I am – I really do – but people never notice it. People never notice anything”(15). to his later development and his time at a mental clinic.

This quote shows the motif of youth because of Holden’s youthfulness and physical appearance being constituents for the ways he identify himself, which actually change as progression to the end of the story continues. It can be said, that his appearance caused by his youth is a major separator from his peers and other people he knows.

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