A Quick Summary of The Catcher in the Rye Contains Spoilers The novel opens with the narrator, Holden Caulfield, apparently relating a story that happened to him the previous Christmas. It is clear from this quote that Holden does not hold politeness or social norms to be very important. Antolini invites Holden to stay at his house. Throughout the book, he seems hesitant to develop any real ambitions or goals. This quality is relevant in a number of passages.
About all I know is, I sort of miss everybody I told about. If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't rub out even half the 'Fuck you' signs in the world. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff — I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. He seems to feel little or nothing, however, reinforcing how disconnected he feels from himself. The two go ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza.
He plans to tell a story of a few days from the previous winter before he was put in the hospital for mental and physical illness. A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a of the events from a story. Spencer is sick and dressed in a robe. The Catcher in the Rye. Or if they just flew away. Phoebe figures out that Holden has been kicked out of yet another school, and is upset with him. Even though he moves one step forward to grow up, his loneliness is increasing.
Salinger about Holden Caulfield, a disaffected young man who tells the story of a few days in his life, beginning with his getting expelled from school. I probably would've done it, too, if I'd been sure somebody'd cover me up as soon as I landed. And if the actor's really good, you can always tell he knows he's good, and that spoils it. This is our first chance to hear Holden's voice, and he seems both disinterested in himself and impatient with what we would consider normal, polite conversation and simple background information. Maurice and Sunny come to his door, demanding their five dollars. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. The only people Holden establishes a true, honest connection with are his sister Phoebe, the nuns, and Jane Gallagher.
Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. I tried to rub it off with my hand again, but this one was scratched on, with a knife of something. I'm too worried to go. I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something. The only thing that would be different would be you.
Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. Holden gets angry because Stradlater refuses to give any details of his date. He is frustrated with Pencey's reputation as an upper-class school that molds young men; Holden has little respect for the character of the boys who do attend the school. If you want to know the truth, I don't know what I think about it. I mean I've left schools and places I didn't even know I was leaving them. You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any.
Who wants flowers when you're dead? Spencer by agreeing with him. Her green dress hanging in the closet and all. The profanity bothers Holden at the school especially, because it is in a place where children can see it, and he knows that using profanity and seeing profanity is the beginning of things that will make them all a little less innocent. I used to think she was quite intelligent , in my stupidity. Museum of Natural History The Museum of Natural History is one place that has remained the same since Holden was a little boy and took school trips there.
And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. He calls Sally Hayes and sets up a date with her. That's all I'd do all day. I think I even miss that goddam Maurice. Her drunken stepfather came out of the house to ask Jane if there were any cigarettes, but she refuses to answer him. The Catcher in the Rye. Soon after, he meets and infuriates a friend, gets very drunk, tires to flirts unsuccessfully, and, exhausted and out of money, ends up in Central Park to watch the ducks.
He delivers a letter to Phoebe at school, asking her to meet him, so he can say good bye and give her some Christmas money. Holden takes this opportunity to observe that there are no nice and peaceful places left anymore because someone will always sneak in and write something that threatens the innocence of that place. This reluctance to grow up leaves him isolated. Even old Stradlater and Ackley, for instance. The Catcher in the Rye.