End of Catcher notes
  • Phonies
    • Kids aren’t phonies.
    • Adults are all phonies.
      • We’re not all honest all the time, that’s part of adult life
      • Change is scary, bad
        • Allie died – horrible change
          • All of change becomes bad
          • Allie was great – a kid
  • Ducks on the pond
    • Season is changing
  • Museum that doesn’t change is good
  • Holden is not a participant in his society
    • He feels alienated
    • Self-alienated, rejecting adult society
      • This can be a form of self-protection
  • Holden puts on his hat when he’s miserable, trying to deal with a bad situation
  • Falling/Catcher in the Rye
    • Mr. Antolini is afraid Holden’s “heading for a fall.”
    • James Castle fell
    • Holden talks about falling and falling when he steps off a curb near the end
    • Holden wants to protect kids from falling
      • All kids grow up
        • Become phonies
  • Holden’s afraid he’ll become a phony
    • Being an adult is horrible
  • Aspects of adulthood are scary for H.
    • Won’t call Jane
    • Offends Sally
    • Worried about “flits” – gay men
    • Finally, at the carousel
      • He worries about Phoebe grabbing for the ring
      • Ultimately, H. decides kids have to take a risk, grab for the ring, possibly fall
      • Change will happen
      • Growing up will happen