The Catcher in the Rye
a) Describe the general trend of Holdens biography. What are his main negative and positive experiences?
Analysis Holden's crisis
a) Describe Holden's situation after meeting Antolini.
b) What is the function of the particular time of the year?
c) Explain Holden's spooky experience in 5th Avenue.
d) Explan the meaning of holdens "passing out".
Holdens changing of the mind
a) How does Holden behave to Phoebe when she wants to escape with him?
b) Has Holden's behaviour towards Phoebe changed?
c) Why does Holden insists on Phoebe's participation in the play and on her attending school? Why does he decide to stay? What is the meaning of this scene? How does this change of mind come about?
a) What does the carousel symbolize?
b) What does the golden ring symbolize? What ist Holdens underlaying maxim and it's relationship to his catcher idea?
c) Why is Holden so happy when he is watching Phoebe on the carousel?
Lösung ab 2a
claim - behaupten
attending - besuchenden
insist on - bestehen auf
imply - beinhalten
stroke - streicheln
harassment - belästigung
i´ll have to revise my opinion- meinung revidieren
to come to the straight and narrow - the honest and morally way of living, antolini is trying to keep him on the straight and narrow auf den Pfad der Tugend kommen
exhausted - very tired for example "the exhausted climbers where rescued by helicopter" - erschöpft
passing out - when you feel dizzy and then you loose consciousness, when not enough blood is going to your brain, usually because of a shock
mood - the way you are feeling at a particular time, f.e. shes in a good mood today
confess - to admit especially formally or to the police that you have done something wrong or illegal,
es confess that he had stolen the money - gestehen
revise - to change your opinions or plans for example because of something you have learnd
copy, backside, edge,
- particular time: winter and christmas.
- togehter with all family members do traditional things.
- remembers shopping with Phoebe and familiar mood.
- but now he is all alone between people doing christmas shopping and sees santa clauses on every corner.
- feels that he has to do social activities - talking friendly to the taxi driver, giving money to a religious organisation.
- story, often thinks about people in his past. the ones he doesn´t like first ( Stradtlater, Auckley ), seem also to be a kind of friends.
- was always far from home and his family, had only his classmates.
- confesses love to girl named Sally, imagines how living in future would be with her.
2c) Actions on 5th Ave.
- Monday when walks down the 5th Ave. to go to Phoebe's school, give her the letter
- Santa Clauses standing on street corners. situation reminds him of last year when he went for christmas shopping with Pheobe.
- When he was walking down the road, stepped down the sidewalk to cross the streets, he felt like he was sinking. down to nowhere, where nobody could see or even hear him.
- of his fear, sweat runs down like hell, feels very helpless and alone and is not able to stop this falling down.
- Because of this horrific experiences he isn´t able to think about his real problems and the advices of mr. Antolini.
SAY ME HOW H STILL CROSS THE ROADS?
- To calm down himself he starts talking to Allie, his dead brother. asks for help, wants support from him to cross the many roads till 17th street.
- He stopped and took a seat on a bench because he was totally out of breath and wet because of his sweat.
- situaition shows that Holden is very physically and emotionally exhausted. He is near collapse. And for help he calls his family members. The only ones who can help him now.
- Holdens passing out in the museum, while waiting for phoebe.
- Being in bars every night, drinking, sleeping, eating not much and many unhappy experiences
- all this circumstances result that Holden is near collapse and really exhausted. This all leads to his passing out.
WITH THE HELP OF THE GRAPHIC, ABLE TO...
- It turns the whole story into another direction.
- Holden himself said, that afterwards he didn`t feel so dizzy anymore. So it was good that something like the collapse happened, because so a new period begins.
- Maybe now notice that he's not grown-up and can do everything he wants. Holden recognize that he has also physically and emotinally limits.
- reacts very emotionally - he doesn´t want her to go with him.
- said often that he hates her, but its´s probably not true.
- Holden said shut up and shout at her until she cries. He was shocked that she would leave all behind just to go with him.
- He is very nasty, but in the next moment he feels sorry for the things he said.
- There aren't any nearer to him than Phoebe.
- He accepts the risk of beeing caught, when he visits her at home, he tells her about his plans to escape. He trusts her really in all situations.
- Phoebe herself will also never dissappoint him.
- He smokes in her room and when the mother recognize this she lies and said it was her.
- Holdens beahviour towards Phoebe has changed. DO SB. KNOW HOW AND WHY?
- Initially he sees her only as the little sister, which is probably smart and nice but not to take so serious because of her age.
- Now the relationship between the both is different. Sometimes it seems that she is the older sister and not Holden the older brother.
- She wants to help and support him and is able to give advises.
- insist on her participation in the play, because she is interested in that.
- In opposite to Holden she has a hobbie and something she is interested in. He doesn´t want that she gives up this only for him.
- wants all the best for her and will not that she becomes like him.
WHY DOES HE STAY?
Holden decides to stay, only when Phoebe will go back and don't skip the school.
- This changing of the mind comes beacause he notices that he's important to her and she worries about him.
- Also recognize, that he involves others with his behaviour, too.
- Finally it's the first time, he ltakes the advice of somebody .
- Now he confronts himself with his problems and does not escape, like he did before often.
CAN SOMEBODY SAY ME ....
- One the one hand the carousel should symbolizes the life of the kids in generel
- on the other it shows Holden's life because the carousel goes around and around and it is like the never-ending cyrcle of life.
- The horses move up and down and that would symbolize the ups and downs or good times and bad times in Holdens life.
- Some carousels got a gold ring which the children can try to catch,
- but there is some risk in grabbing the ring The rider can fall down indeed.
- When his younger sister Phoebe is riding the carousel Holden wants to stop her from trying to grab it MY QUESTION TO YOU ...
- because he is afraid she is going to fall.
- Then he stops himself because he realizes that people have to learn from their mistakes so they never do it again.
- So the gold ring represents a hope, a dream, the way becoming an adult and the chances that you can grab it.
- It is a major step for Holden to accept that kids will grab for the gold ring and adults must let them. It is part of life and part of growing up.
- The realization if this is in opposite to his catcher idea, in this idea he wants to protect all children from making the mistake of falling down the cliff ,
- but he sees, that he's not able to protect all the kids and that they have to make their own experienecs.
- That you can see as his underlaying maxim.
- Holdens watches Phoebe going around and around on the carousel
- this symbolize that her and his life will go on.
- It's also a happy moment because he discovers that all the bad experiences he had are a part of live and have to be, to grow up.
- All negative happenings have in the end some deper meaning.
- Because only with the ups and downs in your life, you will become a mature person.
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE
ˇ forces Holden to confront with his difficulties, reminds of his problems
ˇ In opposite to the conversation with Mr. Spencer (Ch. II), he listens carefully
Mr. Antolini wants him to come to the straight and narrow.
night happening, Holden runs away
ā Once again Holden escapes from a situation to avoid any sort of difficult confrontation
Function of the particular time of the year
a. christmas - time, when together with family and do traditional things
b. remembers shopping with Phoebe and familiar mood ( But now he is alone
c. confesses his love to Sally and imagines how living in future would be with her
Holden's spooky experience in 5th Avenue
d. When he walks down the road, feels like he was sinking
e. feels very helpless and alone, horrific experience
f. calmes down himself by talking to Allie, asks for help and wants support from him
g. stopped, took a seat, cause he was totally out of breath
( Holden is physically and emotionally exhausted and near collapse
h. Being in bars every night, drinking, sleeping,eating not much & many unhappy experiences
i. notices that he isn`t grown-up and can do everything ā recognizes he has limits
ā turns the whole story into another direction - H. feels better afterwards
Behaviour to Phoebe
j. doesn´t want her to go with him, reacts very emotionally, say he hates her, shouts at her until she cries ā is very nasty, but in the next moment he feels sorry for the things he said.
a. was shocked that she would leave all behind just to go with him
First he sees her only as little sister, smart but not to take serious, cause of her age
But them seems that she's the older sister one and not Holden, she helps, supports him and is able to give advises aren´t any people who are nearer to him than Phoebe.
trusts her in all situations, she will also never dissappoint him
ˇ on the one hand it symbolizes the life of the kids in generel and on the other it shows Holden's life ā the carousel goes around and around, like the never-ending cyrcle of life.
ˇ The horses move up and down and like the ups and downs or good times and bad times in Holdens life.
Golden Ring and underlaying Maxim:
Some carrousels have a gold ring which the children can to catch, there is some risk in grabbing the ring, rider can fall down.
When Phoebe is riding the carousel Holden wants to stop her from trying to grab it ā he is afraid she is going to fall. Then he stops himself cause he realizes that people have to learn from their mistakes so they never do it again.
the gold ring represents a hope, a dream, the way becoming an adult and the chances that you can grab it.
It is a major step for Holden to accept that kids will grab for the gold ring and adults must let them. It is part of life and part of growing up. (in opposite to his catcher idea)
he sees, that he's not able to protect all the kids and that they have to make their own experienecs, that's his underlaying maxim.
Happyness while watching Phoebe:
ˇ The moving of the carousel symbolizes that her and his life will go on.
ˇ he discovers that all the bad experiences he had are a part of live and have to be to grow up. All negative happening have in the end some deper meaning.
ā only with the ups and downs in your life, you will become a mature person.