Holden In The Rye, By J. D. Salinger

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In the beginning of the book J.D. Salinger writes through the text of Holden 's actions with details that Holden’s confusion secludes himself from everyone and everything and shows that when he talks to Mr. Spencer and Mrs. Morrow. After Mr. Spencer was done reading Holden’s History exam and read the note at the bottom of the paper Holden put it on top of the Atlantic Monthly, “...you could see he felt pretty lousy about flunking me. So I shot the bull for a while. I told him I was a moron and all that stuff.”(Salinger 12) In this quote J.D Salinger explains how confused Holden is with Mr. Spencer’s emotions with details from the text. He’s not lousy about flunking Holden, he’s lousy because Holden cannot see to get that school is important …show more content…
Salinger uses detail and diction to reveal that Holden’s confusion secludes himself from everyone and everything when he talks to the Sunny and thinks of Phoebe. Sunny, the prostitute was sitting on Holden’s lap and he said nervously, “I don’t feel very much like myself tonight. I’ve had a rough night. Honest to God. I’ll pay you and all, but do you mind very much if we don’t do it.”(Salinger 96) J.D. Salinger uses details to explain why Holden is confused with emotions about having a sexual encounter with a prostitute. Holden is depressed and wants company because he is lonely he calls up a prostitute to his room. He is confused on what he wants to do with Sunny so he tells her that he isn’t in the mood to have a sexual relationship. He doesn’t know how to control his emotions so he either tries to get his mind off things by talking to people or drinks and smokes. He is a lost cause who just can’t seem to cope with society as he is confused and pushes people out of his life just like he pushed the stripper out the door. Holden was sitting on the park bench drunk with his head wet thinking about dying of pneumonia. He then thought, “I had my door key with me and all, and I figured what I’d do, I’d sneak in the apartment, very quiet and all, and just sort of chew the fat with her for a while.” (Salinger 156) Holden then went to his parents’ apartment to greet Phoebe and talk to her. Phoebe and Holden were talking and Phoebe found out that Holden got the boot at …show more content…
Salinger uses details to show Holden’s confusion and why it secludes himself from everyone and everything when he is at Eddie’s Nightclub and when he thinks about leaving New York forever. Holden just told Lillian Summers, D.B.’s ex-girlfriend, that he had a date waiting for him so he had to leave the nightclub, when he thought, “People are always ruining things for you.”(Salinger 87) J.D. Salinger uses details to show that Holden is confused because he doesn’t know how to control his emotions. Holden is always saying that he’s lonely but, when he’s not he gets depressed about the people he encounters, he thinks they are giving him hell, in this case it was Lillian Summers. Holden pushes himself away from everyone and everything because he cannot be attached to anyone, he can 't have them taken away just like Allie. He is confused in what to believe in and this quote is an example of that. Another example of this is when Holden just had his psychotic and took a seat on the bench near the zoo and thought, “I decided I’d never go home again and I’d never go away to another school again. I decided I’d just see old Phoebe and sort of say good-by to her and all. and give back her Christmas dough, and then I’d start hitchhiking my way out west.” (Salinger 198) J.D. Salinger uses details to reveal that Holden is confused in what is right as he wants to runaway from his problems by moving out west to change his identity and start his life over. In this quote Holden is

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