"Catcher in the Rye"

Essay by hanxiao07High School, 11th grade March 2006

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J.D. Salinger uses repetition to develop the theme where Holden has a date with Sally in the novel Catcher in the Rye.


In "Catcher in the Rye", Holden says to Sally, "The guys that are on the basketball team stick together, the Catholics stick together, the goddam intellectuals stick together, the guys that play bridge stick together. Even the guys that belong to the goddam Book-of-the-Month Club stick together." (Pg 131) In this quote, Holden is trying to explain to Sally what boys are like in boy's school, telling her that all the boys are phonies and all they do is stick together in their dirty little cliques. In the quote, Holden repeated the word "stick together" more than once, trying to make out what he is trying to say, showing the importance that all boys stick together like they are gay or something. This passage is important because it shows that Holden is lonesome, he can't fit in with the others and that he doesn't have a specific group that he belongs to.

In the book, Holden says to Sally, " 'Here's my idea. How would you like to get the hell out of here? Here's my idea. I know....' " (Pg 132) In this quote, Holden is explaining to Sally what they will do if they run of to England. Holden's proposal is a mark of desperation, for he wishes to reject the entire society around him. This quote once again shows how Holden repeats his sentences and that he does not realize that he is shouting at Sally Hayes through their conversation and denies it repeatedly to both the reader and to himself. Also, in Catcher in the Rye, old Sally said, " 'It isn't that. It isn't that at all.' "(Pg 133)...