It's no coincidence that the hat is the same color as Phoebe and Allie's hair. The fact that they come back brings Holden some consolation, insomuch that the change in the pond is temporary. Holden attaches some sense of nobility to death, which he additionally shows through his idealization of Allie. Character Analysis of Phoebe in Catcher in the Rye In The Catcher in the Rye Phoebe Caulfield complicates the rather simple narrative that her brother gives. For Further Reading Holden makes several allusions to literary works in the novel. However, like all other adults in the story, Holden feels that Mr.
She really listens to Holden and he trusts her. It also stands in contrast to the permanent loss he experiences with the death of Allie. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. The ducks and the lagoon could represent many things, such as the fragility of life, which Holden worries about after the death of his brother, Allie. Everybody'd think I was just a poor deaf-mute bastard and they'd leave me alone. He threatened James, who responded by jumping out the window, killing himself. She is a voice of reason throughout the novel, both in Holden's thoughts and in the advice she gives to him in person.
Phoebe Josephine Caulfield is younger sister. As they talk, Phoebe guesses that Holden has been expelled and concludes that their father will kill him. Holden represents the attempt to shelter kids from growing up, and more personally, represents his desire to avoid the harshness of adult life. You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of that water hole, with their pretty antlers and they're pretty, skinny legs, and that squaw with the naked bosom would still be weaving that same blanket. Much of the language Holden uses is considered crass or vulgar but it fits the personality of the character. In Phoebe Caulfield complicates the rather simple narrative that her brother gives. When Holden awakens to find Mr.
Life is a game, boy. Holden finally wakes up Phoebe and hugs her. Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. He gives her the hunting hat as a sign that he may never see Phoebe again, whether because he has run away to Colorado or because of impending tragedy. Phoebe arrives, wearing Holden's hunting hat and dragging Holden's old suitcase.
But if you get on the other side, where there aren't any hot-shots, then what's a game about it? The Amazing Phoebe His first night in New York, Holden wishes he could talk to Phoebe. Annapolis the capital of Maryland and location of the United States Naval Academy. But I rubbed it out anyway, finally. It's no coincidence that the hat is the same color as Phoebe and Allie's hair. That alienation comes not so much by the fact that Holden believes that adults are inherently capable of doing wrong but rather, that he will someday become one of them.
Holden's gift of the hunting hat to Phoebe is a significant event, for it is one of Holden's few meaningful possessions. Symbols in The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye: The novel's most important symbol is found in the title. That way I wouldn't have to have any goddam stupid useless conversations with anybody. When Holden faces something that he dislikes, he cannot confront it; instead, he chooses to leave for another random destination, whether New England or Colorado. I even have to go to the bathroom when I worry about something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. She is implied to be very close to his brothers, especially Holden, who holds her in high regard, thinking of her to be wise beyond her years much like their other sibling who died of leukemia.
Or you'd have a substitute taking the class, instead of Miss Aigletinger. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I used to think she was quite intelligent , in my stupidity. Sometimes it's hard to concentrate. It represents Holden's inability to prevent the loss of innocence in others.
Holden mistakes the words in the song, much in the same way he mistakes the cause of his torment--it comes from himself, not from others. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Antolini's apartment inherently suspicious of all adults and perhaps still drunk from the evening's escapades. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Ch. He wants a glorious death that will end with his body taken in loving arms to a funeral where people he doesn't know will mourn him. He listens intently to everything she says and does not react with the cynical observations that mark the rest of Holden's commentary.
Still, it's this mingling of child-like enthusiasm and adult-like incisiveness that makes Phoebe so compelling. Nevertheless, while looking back on his situation Holden still harbors some of the same suspicions and deep cynicism that afflicted him throughout the novel, as shown when he dismisses the question whether or not he will apply himself. Holden peruses items on her desk, by lamplight, until he wakens Phoebe. Phoebe shares Holden's tendency toward digression, to the point that he has to interrupt her three times to discover when their parents are scheduled to return. That's where you're wrong—that's exactly where you're wrong! Or you'd heard your mother and father having a terrific fight in the bathroom. He starts to cry as he prepares to leave, which frightens Phoebe. Holden is in some ways incredibly naive and innocent about worldly realities.