The Catcher in the Rye Essay

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Camille Stone
Ms. Freeburg
English 11 Honors-6
24 August, 2012

The Catcher in the rye: Chapter 1
Significant passage: “You were supposed to commit suicide or something if old Pencey didn’t win” (2).
Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Reader
Significance to the story: This passage shows the extremity of the schools dignity and school spirit. Reading this helps you realize that the school doesn’t tolerate failure and imperfections. You can assume that this could be one of the reasons Holden was kicked out of Pencey, aside from his academic failures.
Thought provoking question about the passage: How is the school viewed from an outside perspective?
The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 2
Significant passage: “Life is a game boy. Life
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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 Caulfield
Significance to the story: Holden always questions things about nature. Yet I believe that it is ironic that if you phrased the questions that he asks properly, they would obviously be about him. If he isn’t asking these questions to get answers about himself, I believe he’s doing it subconsciously
Thought provoking question about the passage: Does Holden know that these questions directly relate to his situation?
The Catcher in the Rye: Chapter 13
Significant passage: "I hate fist fights. I don't mind getting hit so much - although I'm not crazy about it, naturally - but what scares me most in a fist fight is the guy's face. I can't stand looking at the other guy's face, is my trouble. It wouldn't be so bad if you could both be blindfolded or something. It's a funny kind of yellowness, when you come to think of it, but it's yellowness, all right. I'm not kidding myself" (90).
Speaker: Holden Caulfield
Audience: Reader
Significance to the story: I think it’s odd that he hates fights yet he gets into quite a few. He also states that he doesn’t like looking in the

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