That's where we realize how messed up this situation is, and Holden does too. That's the thing about girls. 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. Why the hell do you have to say that? All you do is make a lot of dough and play golf and play bridge and buy cars and drink Martinis and look like a hot-shot. Ackley is a pimply, insecure boy with terrible dental hygiene. In conclusion Holden Caulfield is engrossed in sexual thought. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them.
Holden imagines a dramatic revenge scene like you would see in the movies. Most other people are just lumped into another group he refers to as phonies. No one knows whether Holden wants to become an adult or stay a child. He would prefer to detach himself from the experience, but nevertheless views himself as weak. This characterization is often harsh and unjust to many of the people he attributes this characteristic to.
Allie is a huge reason of the breakdown of Holden Caulfield. When the prostitute arrives, she seems young and nervous. He feels that once they lose their innocence, they will soon turn into phonies like everyone else. This shows that Holden wants to be the catcher in the rye so that he can help keep the children their innocence from adults. When Sunny, the prostitute, arrives, she is about Holden's age and seems nervous. You figured most of them would probably marry dopey guys.
He separates the world he knows into two different groups of people. Dozens of phycologists studied Chapman in the six months to the scheduled trial. Allie was a brilliant, friendly, red-headed boy—according to Holden, he was the smartest of the Caulfields. But I rubbed it out anyway, finally. Holden is very interested in sex even though he is a virgin. Antolini is a very heavy drinker.
I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. Guys that are very mean. The trouble with me is, I stop. He is a man who is very clever, young and he really cares about Holden's future. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around — nobody big, I mean — except me. There are many teenagers out there that feel a lot like Holden did throughout the story, and really connected.
He goes into Holden's room a lot unannounced and lies about many things too feel accepted. But in this image-drenched world, sometimes we struggle to appreciate and celebrate books where the quality arises not exclusively from plot but also from the language itself. All they did was keep letting Him down. The loss of innocence is very common in the development in human existence. He concludes that money always makes people depressed. The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Every decision he makes to pull himself out results in him feeling worse.
Holden is sixteen years old and has been kicked out of many prep schools for academic failure and lack of effort. She is his 10 year old sister who is probably Holden's savior. He was the typical 16-year-old boy. She had a tiny little wheeny-whiny voice. You don't like any schools. You'll learn from them—if you want to. It drove me damn near crazy.
Thoughts of Allie lying in his grave in the cemetery in the rain, surrounded by dead bodies and tombstones, haunt Holden. Holden wants to be the great savior of a helpless cause and does not realize he has fallen into the evil hands of corruption. I had gotten nervous and told the prostitute that I couldn't have sex because of a recent operation. Even old Stradlater and Ackley, for instance. To be fair, we're pretty sure her pimp is making her jack up the price. All the kids kept trying to grab for the gold ring, and so was old Phoebe, and I was sort of afraid she'd fall off the goddam horse, but I didn't say anything or do anything. We can see this throughout the novel, as Holden strives to preserve innocence in himself and others.
I probably would've done it, too, if I'd been sure somebody'd cover me up as soon as I landed. I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it, and how they'd wonder what the hell it meant, and then finally some dirty kid would tell them. Guys that never read books. Instead, Holden finds it difficult to detach himself emotionally in a fist fight. It made me feel not so depressed any more. Talking to Allie After Sunny leaves, Holden feels worse than he did before she got there.
Guys that always talk about how many miles they get to a gallon in their goddam cars. He wants beautiful moments to last forever, using as his model the displays in glass at the Museum of Natural History, in which the same people are shown doing the same things year after year. Then he talks to one of the nuns about Romeo and Juliet. I felt like jumping out the window. Because of a self-imposed exile that began almost at the same time the Salinger's career was just taking off, much of the substance of the writer's lifehis thoughts, ideals, writing objectivesremain shrouded in mystery.