IRJE: Feb 1st (The Catcher in The Rye)

In J.D.Salinger’s The Catcher in The Rye, Holden, the narrator, was expelled from his school and takes a three-day break in New York before returning to his home. He calls his old friend, Sally, for a movie date. They were going to see The Lunts, which Holden dislikes. While watching the movie, Holden remarks that although the movie was crappy, the actors were great actors.

“When one of them got finished making a speech, the other one said something very fast right after it. It was supposed to be like people talking and interrupting each other and all. The trouble was, it was too much like people talking and interrupting each other. The acted a little bit the way Ernie, down in the Village, plays the piano. If you do something too good, then after a while, if you don’t watch it, you start showing off. And then you’re not as good anymore.”

There seems to be nothing wrong about doing something too good unless you are one of the people who can’t. But I don’t see any faults in that. These things are like mirrors. Instead of seeing others’ talents, most people see themselves. Being good at something is not the ultimate goal, nor the criteria we use to measure ourselves upon.