chapter 2 - A Visit to Mr. Spencer
quote 1: p.8 - “Life is a game boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.”
Holden: that’s bull
the father in Shy Guy - urging conformity
Holden refuses conformity - you can only play if you’re in with popular people
motif: conformity, hypocrisy
bottom of page 12 - holden is bs’ing - making himself what he hates
motif: deception - convince the audience that everyone’s phony. he does what they do.
blind the audience his own identity
remember about narrator
quote 2: Old Haas: “If a boy’s mother was sort of fat…suits with very big shoulders…shake hands…give a phony smile.”
conformity. people as different. acknowledgement
reality/fantasy - Old Spencer as reality - REALITY CHECK!
the term paper
trying to do a good thing but completely missing the point. no effect
get Holden to see the reality of his ways, rejecting the reality check. no care for it.
motif: father/son relationship - family
sickness, live in the moment, avoid the future -- old age!
chapter 3: Liar, Liar, Holden’s on Fire!”
quote 1: “I’m the most terrific liar…”
questioning what is a lie and what is the truth
Ackley and Stradlater - foils for each other
S: outwardly attractive, cares for image, self centered
A: super nosy, hideous appearance, halitosis
H: Holden sees the similarities between the two
Holden’s use of sarcasm - messing around but being serious: another form of lying
Ackley: stubborn, inconsiderate, won’t think about what others are telling him
p. 18: “I’m quite illiterate…” - self criticism, isn’t processing what happens. surface level only.
Ackley/Holden - Ackley is the annoying one.
Holden/Stradlater - Holden takes Ackley’s role (annoyance)
GATSBY LINK! calling people Old Sport - saying it to be in the conversation, no real meaning behind it
HUCK LINK! taking death lightly - “That killed me!” - the story of the girl dying. humor of death
chapter 4: Sexy Stradlater
hyper focus on Stradlater and his attractiveness - Is Holden gay?
symbol: the hat! - putting on a show for others, not really true
symbol: music throughout the chapter - violent titles “Slaughter on 10th Avenue”
quotes: “He always looked good…a secret slob…madly in love with himself.”
irony: admiration, jealousy on behalf of Holden
not knowing a person until you see them from the inside
obsession with the people around him - thinking he’s cool, ignoring his problems
Holden’s actions - taking off of his coat, taking off clothing. trying to be himself
p. 33: “The window…can’t see out of it…”
cloudiness of the window - stuck within himself, can’t get outside of himself
importance of EGO
symbol: the color red! being noticed? saying something to avoid people looking deeper
chapter 5: Allie and All
quote: fourth paragraph - “He started to throw the snowball…nice and white…”
obsession with perfection
things looking pretty - not wanting to ruin that
quote: bottom of paragraph - “People never believe you.”
admit that he’s a liar but wants to be believed
IRONY!!!! mocking Stradlater’s desire to be pretty. nature/artificial?
symbol: Allie’s baseball mit
reminiscent tone - Sanders “Inheritance of Tools”
symbol: red hat - a way to become Allie
quote: third paragraph from the end
parents going to have Holden psychoanalyzed
parents not coforming to the normal ideas of grief