1.2.1 "The best thing, though, in that
museum was that everything
always stayed right where it was"
1.2.2 symbols - snowball, museum, ducks
2.1.1 A source of failure for Holden - being
kicked out, fighting etc.
2.2 New York
2.2.1 Constant source of failure, like
Pencey - a symbol of
2.2.2 physically embodies Holden's hatreds - Phoniness etc.
2.3 Natural history musuem
2.3.1 Favorite place of holdens as
everything remains the same,
3 Major characters
3.1 Holden Caulfield
3.1.1 Main Character - anti hero
3.1.2 "Holding-on" to a "caul" holding on
to the ideas of safety and warmth of
a caul - "David Copperfield"
3.1.3 Quest narrative - to
4.1 Circular structure
4.1.1 Consistent failure
4.2 Minimisation of Language/passive voice
4.2.1 Creates distance and isolation
5.1.1 Preservation, doesn't want to disturb the
snow on the fire hydrant and on the car
5.2.1 Symbol of Communication - or rather
failure to communicate - "I couldn't think of
anybody to call up"
5.3 Baseball mitt
5.3.1 Symbol of Allie- used for catching, links to title and
symbolises isolation - (catcher is far away from the
rest of the team)
5.4.1 Circular - when it breaks it symbolises Holden
Shattering becoming critically fractured or damaged.
5.5 Grey Hair
5.5.1 Symbol of impending adult-hood
5.6 Red Hunting Hat
5.6.1 Link to Allies red hair - unable to let go.
5.6.2 Unique as Holden is the only
person ever presented as
wearing a hat creates distance from society
6 Key Events
6.1 Boy Singing
6.1.1 "When a body catch a body comin' through the rye"
18.104.22.168 gives rise to Holden's "dream" - to become the catcher in the rye. He wants to
stop children who are playing in a rye field from falling off of a large cliff, he
essentially would like to stop people growing up, to stop time.
6.1.2 The boy is walking on the curb, the curb represents the threshold between the
safety of the sidewalk and the perilous road adjacent to him. the pavement is
childhood and the road of course symbolises impending adulthood.