Dialectical Analysis Of 'The Catcher In The Rye'

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Register to read the introduction… Even though the woman dismisses it I find it to be very beautiful and poetic.
Thought provoking question about the passage: Why was the woman so disinterested in Holden?
The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 11
Significant passage: “She was always reading, and she read very good books. She read a lot of poetry and all. She was the only one, outside my family, that I ever showed Allie’s baseball mitt to” (77).
Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Reader
Significance to the story: This passage shows that Holden trusted Jane full-heartedly. He never showed anyone his brother’s baseball mitt to anyone. There is something about Jane that makes him trust her with his most precious thing.
Thought provoking question about the passage: Why did Holden trust Jane so much?
The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 12
Significant passage: “If you was a fish, Mother Nature’d take care of you, wouldn’t she? Right? You don’t think them fish just die when it gets to be winter, do ya?” (83).
Speaker: Horowitz
Audience: Holden
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The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 15
Significant passage: “The thing is, it's really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs - if yours are really good ones and theirs aren't. You think if they're intelligent and all, the other person, and have a good sense of humor, that they don't give a damn whose suitcases are better, but they do. They really do. It's one of the reasons why I roomed with a stupid bastard like Stradlater. At least his suitcases were as good as mine” (109).
Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Reader
Significance to the story: Holden talks about how people shouldn’t have an inferiority complex yet I think he clearly is the one with an inferiority complex. I think it’s really no big deal that someone has a different quality suitcase from you. It doesn’t change the person.
Thought provoking question about the passage: Why does he thing that suitcases are such a big deal?
The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 16
Significant passage: "I hate actors. They never act like people. They just think they do" (115).
Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience:
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Here, he is in a way defending people with inferiority complexes. He is also in a way taking back what he says about people with inferiority complexes.
Thought provoking question about the passage: Why does Holden complain so much about people with inferiority complexes?
The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 19
Significant passage: “When are you going to grow up?” (144).
Speaker: Luce
Audience: Holden Caulfield
Significance to the story: Holden is so very immature. He continually acts childish and people always seem to take notice. Even Luce.
Thought provoking question about the passage: Isn’t Luce immature in a way too?
The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 20
Significant passage: “People never give your message to anybody” (149).
Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Reader
Significance to the story: This something Holden complained about multiple times over the course of this book. Even though it can be true, he needs to learn to have some faith in people. It would make his life and other peoples lives easier too.
Thought provoking question about the passage: Do people ever give people Holden’s

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