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  1. Catcher in the Rye - how Salinger brings Holden's character to life

    Salinger then talks a few pages about them having conversation, here Phoebe obviously very clever for her age (10), instantly becomes aware of that Holden has been excluded from Pencey. Holden does not realise that he has been already exposed by Phoebe of how immature he is (This is where Phoebe makes Holden look younger than her). After that despite, Holden's assurances she keeps on repeating "Daddy's going to kill you". She was very upset with Holden of what he had done and refused to speak to him for a while because of what he had done, this is when Holden decided to leave the room and went to look for some cigarettes.

    • Word count: 2512
  2. It is a Sunday afternoon in a Southern California Mental Institute.

    Anyway she's about the same age as my brother D.B., have I told you about him? Well my brother D.B. he's a writer, in fact he's a pretty good writer, sometimes his writing is so good it knocks me out. Well, he's in Hollywood now, I tried to persuade him not to go but he wouldn't listen even though I was being as suave as hell. I hate all that phoney crap, it's so dull. You know Phoebe my sister, well she's quite young and even she's read all D.B.'s books, they're that good.

    • Word count: 1078
  3. Shoeless Joe By W.P. Kinsella.

    Ray took those words seriously and immediately alerted his wife Annie of the mysterious voice. After some thought Ray connected the words "if you build it" to a baseball field, and "he will come" to Shoeless Joe Jackson. After several months of work his masterpiece was created, now it was only a matter of time before the baseball legend came back to life. After weeks of waiting Ray started to worry and started to think that the voice was an illusion until one night Karin, Rays daughter spotted nine men during fielding practice on Rays ball park.

    • Word count: 615
  4. The novel " The Catcher in the Rye " written by J. D. Salinger is one of the most outstanding novels of its time.

    Salinger's style is very simple. There are very few descriptive pages. He is mainly concerned with portraying characters and situations not with describing the appearances of people and things . The author's main intention is to show Holden's character through his own thoughts. In every society there are a lot of things that people take for granted without even thinking and appreciating them and that is why they seem natural and normal. So from time to time a person should look at people and at the world in general from another perspective as if you are doing it for the first time.

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  5. "The Catcher in The Rye" is a novel by J.D. Salinger.

    I'll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me around late Christmas just before I got pretty run-down and had to come out here and take it easy." This is typical of the way Holden speaks, and here reveals a first hint of instability which becomes clearer as he is about to leave Pency Prep when he tells us he has very pronounced mood changes. One moment he tells us he is energetically tap dancing in the bathroom while Stradlater is shaving and the next moment he is sitting in an armchair quite immobile for half an hour, just thinking.

    • Word count: 1085
  6. Mosquito Coast - Write a short character sketches on each of the four children paying special attention to how they relate to their father.

    His lie scared me.... His lie sickened me.... Separated me from him," By this we can see that Charlie was losing his trust in Allie, we see this by when Charlie says, " How much did I really trust Father." Charlie also realized Allie could not live on natural resources, and he needed material things, Allie was also insecure and depended on others. One sees this when all the children made themselves their own camp called 'The Acer', and Charlie realized that they use the natural resources more constructively than father when he says " We had not brought a boat load of tools and seeds, and we had not invented anything.

    • Word count: 753
  7. Snowdrops - A Discursive Essay

    Another way in which the writer conveys the boy's world is by using childish vocabulary. An example of the childish vocabulary the author uses is when his father enters the room, "his father came in and filled the room with bigness". The word "bigness" in this sentence shows us that these are words that a child, like the boy would use. An adult would not use words like bigness to describe things, they would use much more descriptive words. The writer shows the boy's feeling in such a clear way. An example of showing the boy's feelings is when he says "Miss.

    • Word count: 720
  8. Compare Pency Prep and Sleam House schools.

    The waiter at the\inn said that he and heard of the school, and he also knew stories about it. However, this quotation may be unreliable because he may have wanted to scare Dave. " That's the school where they broke the boy's ribs - two ribs..." Differences between Sterforth and Stradlater Stradlater and Sterforth have very much in commom. Stradlater is outwardly friendly and considerate; yet still one of the phonies that Holden abhors. Stradlater is both playful and charming, but is still self-centered and arrogant. He flaunts his assets, whether physical or monetary. He performs these actions to show what he posses.

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  9. Holden Caulfield Pastiche

    And my parents were so damn late they only got to see me receive a certificate for 'good effort'. 'And how are you Mr and Mrs Caulfield? I trust you have been keeping well'. I couldn't even look at him. Every syllable that exited his mouth was phony. He knew that my folks were devastated. He was just stringing them along, pretending there might be a last minute reprieve. Then suddenly his phoniness kind of faded away. He didn't have to be courteous to boy who hadn't flourished in this great establishment.

    • Word count: 512
  10. Catcher In the Rye Essay. Describe how the writer used effective symbolism in the text.

    Holden then witnesses Phoebe ride the carrousel in Central Park as she goes ?go around and around?(pg 190). The carousel at this point of the novel is emblematic of what Holden wishes the world would be like: unchanging and without progression. The circular shape of the carousel symbolizes the continuance of innocence by projecting a picture of infinity and never ending. Therefore, while Holden?s earlier preoccupation with change and death is still active, the carrousel is a symbol of a timeless and ageless object that provides a sense of security in Holden?s awry world.

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  11. Reasons for Holden's outlook in "The Catcher in the Rye".

    Like as if all you ever did at Pencey was play polo all the time. I never even once saw a horse anywhere near the place.? (Page 4) Since Holden never saw any of these things at the school, he is convinced that they ought to be a phony. Holden?s obsession with calling everything phony grows when he digs deep to find any reason whatsoever to call something phony. He adds: ?We always had the same meal on Saturday nights at Pencey.

    • Word count: 1030
  12. Hypocrisy in 'The Catcher in the Rye'

    The Catcher in the Rye is written from the perspective of the protagonist, seventeen year old Holden Caulfield, who details the experiences he has in New York City over the course of two days. He also reflects back on past incidents. Holden holds strong opinions about ethics and morality, but throughout the novel ends up defying those principles, which indicate his hypocrisy. For example, Holden is very much against profanity, and when encountering swear words on the walls of his younger sister?s school, immediately ?rubbed it out..finally? (181).

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  13. Essay plan. Thesis:In Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger the main protagonist Holden shows the mark of an immature man.

    Thesis:In Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger the main protagonist Holden shows the mark of an immature man. Topic Sentence #1: Instead of confronting his feelings about the events in his life Holden chooses to bury his problems inside because he is not mentally mature to face them Quote #1: Allie's death: ?I'd say to him ?Allie don't let me disappear. Allie don't let me disappear . Allie don't let me disappear. Please Allie', And then when I'd reach the other side of the street without disappearing I'd thank him. Then It'd start all over again as soon as I got to the next corner.? (198)

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