A. He doesn't have a home to go home to
B. He isn't welcome home because his dad doesn't like him, and causes his sadness
C. He doesn't want his parents finding out he has been kicked out again
D. He wants some alone time before he goes home, and manages to get into trouble
A. He is always making himself out to be better than everyone else
B. He doesn't always involve flashbacks while telling his stories
C. He thinks everyone around him is better than him
D. He's telling the story in retrospect as an adult, so his POV is as a child
He got into a fight with his professor and was kicked out of school for breaking all the windows of his garage.
He got into a fight with D.B. and had a bloody nose and he couldn't walk around the city like that.
He was the manager of the football team, and they fired him that day for having failed class.
He was the manager of the fencing team, and he forgot the foils on the subway.
Everything he needs
It's a regulation hat.
It's a people shooting hat.
It's a military hat given to him by his brother.
It's an expensive hat worn by his father.
He has greasy hair.
He doesn't shower very often.
He hides left over food under his bed everyday and eats it at night.
He has lousy personal habits.
So that kids won't ask why they never get steak to eat.
So that kids can get balanced nutrition throughout the week.
So that kids will write home that they eat steak at school on the weekend.
Because they only serve beef once a month otherwise.
It's an essay Stradlater asked him to write, and he's mad that Holden made so many mistakes. He tears it up because he made so many grammatical errors. It shows us he's a sloppy writer.
It's an essay Stradlater asked him to write, it's off topic, and he's mad at Holden. He tears it up because it's about Allie. It shows us he hasn't dealt with his feelings about Allie's death and is self destructive.
It's an essay about D.B., and he's mad at Holden for using the word prostitute. Holden tears it up because he's mad that he forced him to write it and now is picking on him. It shows us he's being bullied and can't deal with it.
It's an essay about a boy that jumps out the window, and Stradlater is mad that Holden wrote a gory story. He tears it up because he's upset about the whole situation. It shows us he hasn't dealt with his feelings about his parents.
Stradlater and Holden get into a vicious fight and stop speaking.
Stradlater pushes Holden into the shower and turns on the hot water, which gives Holden burns.
Holden pushes Stradlater into the shower and turns on the hot water, which gives Stradlater burns.
Stradlater and Holden get into a fist fight, and Holden gets a bloody nose.
He says that his name is Rudolf Shmidt. He does this because he wants to embarrass the custodian at the school.
He says he is getting a tumor removed from his brain. He does this because he is trying to gain sympathy from a mother figure, one that he feels is better than his own.
He says he's 21 and yet, still goes to Pencey. He does this so she can feel uncomfortable and quit talking to him.
He says he voted for her son in the class elections. He does this to make her interested in the conversation by talking about her son.
He is approached by someone in the elevator to join them for a cocktail and then back to their room to watch TV.
He is asked to leave the hotel because he tries to jump out the window.
He is approached to hire a prostitute by a pimp. He sends her up to his room.
He calls up Pheobie and wakes up his parents.
She takes off her dress, and asks him to hang it. He's struck by the image of her shopping for the dress and the clerk having no idea she is a prostitute.
She tries to rob him by knife point. This leads Holden to reevaluate his priorities and focus on the future, and he finds it sad that her future is being a prostitute.
She makes fun of him for being so young. He finds it sad that she is too.
She throws up on the floor. He finds it sad because she probably only ate once that day.
He calls her by the wrong name. She ends up scratching him on the face.
He tells her she's ugly. He regrets it and it makes him feel suicidal.
He tells her she's not worth the money he's paying for her. He pays for it because the pimp comes up to his room and roughs him up until he apologizes.
He argues with her over the price of the encounter. He pays for it because the pimp comes up to his room and roughs him up until he forks over the money.
He's doing it for attention.
He's out of medication and he doesn't realize he's self medicating by drinking.
He asks friends to meet him, and he does this because he's trying to reach out to people and numb his feelings.
He is trying to get a hold of his sister, and doesn't realize he's been on a drinking binge.
He's trying to make Sally prove to him that she will be there no matter what. But, he insults her to the point that she doesn't want to have anything to do with him.
He's trying to make Sally pay for the movie, and she doesn't get that he's into women's liberation. She feels insulted and, therefore, leaves him by himself at the box office.
He's trying to show Sally that he'd make a good husband by being able to defend himself, and her, against any attacks on their character.
He's trying to show Sally a good time, but she's being a phony, so she proves him right.
Holden thinks that it's not his responsibility to make those around him tell the truth.
Holden thinks the whole world, especially that of adults, is fake and doesn't have any real meaning.
Holden thinks everyone around him lies to him, and he's tired of it.
Holden thinks that people should act with 100% honesty, except around him.
He doesn't mean it, it's just slang.
He thinks everyone around him feels the same way, so he doesn't care if he brings it up or not.
He doesn't have much else to talk about.
He is clinically depressed from not having healthy ways to deal with the pain of the loss of his brother.
That Holden does't know how to take care of himself, and if he doesn't watch it, his dad is going to kick him out.
That Holden doesn't realize how far into his depression he is, and is headed for a "great fall." He tells Holden that despite his seeming to hate school, it's really the only thing he's good at.
That Holden needs to let D.B. come back into his life, it's no way for brothers to live.
That Holden needs to slow down his drinking and smoking, as his health is at risk. He also tells Holden that he's headed for a future much like D.B.
He bonds closely with others
He distrusts young people
He tries to connect to others but doesn't
He is loving of the phonies in his life
Being a phony won't get you any friends.
Smoking is bad for you.
The love of drink is destructive.
The painfulness of growing up.
Angry and cautious
Hopeful yet serious
Gloomy yet idealistic
Desperate and pessimistic
They are all versions of his mother. He can't seem to be mean to any of them.
They are all phonies that need to be treated like liars. That's why he's so mean to them.
They are all a different version of his sister. He can't seem to deal with them without feeling as though he needs to protect them the way he would protect his little sister.
They are all indifferent to his suffering. He feels like they don't know who he is, nor do they care.
Holden was mad that his favorite sweater was ruined and he wouldn't be getting it back. This proves that Holden doesn't care about anything or anyone and why he is always attacking people on a personal level.
The boy had asked to borrow Holden's sweater and when Holden heard the body hit the steps outside the window, he couldn't get the sound out of his head. When he saw the boy, it was a reflection of himself. This is why Holden is constantly threatening to jump out windows.
Holden doesn't care that the boy jumped out the window. He sees the fact that the school is bad. This makes him want to change things, but he knows he can't.
Holden sees that the little boy jumped out the window, much like he does on a constant basis. He is sad that he can't get the help he is asking for. He's desperate to make a connection on a personal level, but everyone ignores him because he swears too much.
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