Catcher In The Rye Literary Analysis - English - Analysis Assignment

771 words - 4 pages

Passage #1: ch. #13 /pg. # 94 /paragraph 32-37 Analysis of passage
#1:
I don't smoke," she said. She had a tiny little wheeny-whiny voice. You could hardly hear her.
She never said thank you, either, when you offered her something. She just didn't know any
better. "Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jim Steele," I said. "Ya got a watch on ya?"
she said. She didn't care what the hell my name was, naturally. "Hey, how old are you,
anyways?" "Me? Twenty-two." "Like fun you are." It was a funny thing to say. It sounded like a
real kid. You'd think a prostitute and all would say "Like hell you are" or "Cut the crap" instead
of "Like fun you are."

This is a huge reference to the potential theme: protecting innocence. Here, Holden finds it funny
that someone who works such a horrible/corrupt type of job such as a prostitute would use such
innocent terminology. This not only reinforces the theme but really reflects on the fact that
Holden recognizes innocence when he sees it, and sees Sunny as more than just a prostitute, but
now a person who was obviously in a bad situation and got taken advantage of. This is obvious
to the reader as Holden has a moment of internal conflict, and ultimately decides not to sleep
with Sally but just talk to her. There is a tone that changes from one of unsure want and then
regret and shame. The way he describes her as having a teeny-whiny voice just places emphasis
on the fact that she is young and in not in a good position.
Passage #2: ch. # 14 /pg. #99 /paragraph 2 Analysis of passage

#2:
If you want to know the truth, the guy I like best in the Bible, next to Jesus, was that lunatic and
all, that lived in the tombs and kept cutting himself with stones.
This occurs after Sunny leaves Holdens room and he cant bring himself to pray. This gets him
thinking about christianity itself. In this quote he is talking about a man Jesus meets who people
are afraid of. The main is restrained in chains but broke free. Jesus cured the lunatic. Here, the
potential theme of being the outcast comes into play. Not only does Holden descr...

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