Quote: What I really felt like, though, was committing suicide. I felt like jumping out the window. I probably would’ve done it, too, if I’d been sure somebody’d cover me up as soon as I landed. I didn’t want a bunch of stupid rubbernecks looking at me when I was all glory” Page. 104
The book The Catcher in the RYE is set around 1950 and is narrated by a young teenager called Holden Caulfield. Holden is not sure of where his location is while telling the story to us, but it is certain that he is undergoing treatment in a mental hospital. The occasions he describes is in a couple of days between the end of fall term and Christmas when holden is sixteen years old.
I chose this quote as this quote is really interesting. In the story, just after he was assaulted by Maurice, he goes to bed, and he concedes that he would rather kill himself rather than going to sleep, his reason for not going to sleep gives the reader a glimpse of his contradictory nature. He claims that he wants to be isolated and yet he is still really concerned about how everyone else is thinking about him. For example, He wants to die because everybody is a “phony” yet wants to live because he doesn’t want the “phonies” to judge him.