Independent Reading February 15th

Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger

Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, Holden’s emotions change continuously. These depend on the situations he is in. Phoebe is Holden’s little sister, whom he cares about. She has always been there for Holden. She understands him most than other people.  She makes a great impact on Holden’s emotions.  In chapter 25, Holden watches Phoebe riding the Central Park carousel. Making it feel peacefulness and happiness.

 “I was damn near bawling, I felt so damn happy.” (p. 232)

Holden isn’t really sure about whether his happiness is real or not. He states he doesn’t know why he feels so happy, or why he’s about to break into tears. The chapter ends with Holden feeling a great relief after a stage of depression. He overcomes a strong part of his life and that makes him feel good about himself.