Independent Reading March 1st

Catcher in the Rye

For the last chapter, D.B visits Holden quite often. He asked how Holden about everything that has happened to him in the past months, but Holden didn’t know what to say.  He is sure that he wishes he hadn’t told so many people about what happened to him once he left Pencey.

“Don’t tell anybody anything. if you do, you start missing everybody.”

He finds himself missing the people in the story he’s just told even Ackley and Stadtler. This is what Holden means why people shouldn’t talk so much about their lives.

Holden says that he doesn’t know whether or not he’ll apply himself when he returns to school, implying that he may not have learned much from what happened to him after his expulsion from Pencey. I believe Holden will continue to struggle through life, whether or not he decides to apply himself in school.

It shouldn’t be all that surprising that Holden suddenly finds himself missing people he previously disliked. He doesn’t like talking about his life which suggests he finds trouble expressing himself and talking about his emotions. He’s so used to evading his feelings by focusing on things like whether or not people are “phony,” it makes sense that he may feel uncomfortable speaking about his own experience as he moves through life.