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Did Holden Caulfield starve himself for two entire weeks?

At the start of chapter 15, Holden says: The last time I’d eaten was those two hamburgers I had with Brossard and Ackley when we went in to Agerstown to the movies. That was a long time ago. It ...
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What is the popular consensus of the interpretation of the ending of The Catcher in the Rye?

I’m specifically looking for interpretations of Holden’s identity crisis. Here are some interpretations: Optimistic: In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield is a 16-year old who experiences an ...
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What role does Holden's hunting hat play in the narrative of "The Catcher in the Rye"?

Towards the beginning of J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Holden buys himself a new red hunting hat: I took off my coat and my tie and unbuttoned my shirt collar; and then I put on this hat ...
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Why does Holden stay in the rain to watch Phoebe in "The Catcher in the Rye"?

Towards the end of The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, when Phoebe is going around the carousel and Holden is watching, it begins to rain. Everyone else goes under cover, but Holden chooses to ...
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Why does Holden use the euphemism "give her the time" in "The Catcher in the Rye"?

In J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Holden uses the euphemism "give her the time" to refer to Stradlater having sex with someone: Stradlater kept taking these shadow punches down at ...
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Why did Holden tear up the essay about Allie's baseball glove?

Towards the beginning of J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, when Stradlater asks Holden to write his paper for him, Holden writes it about his brother Allie's baseball glove, which evidently ...
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Meaning of "fix you up" in The Catcher in the Rye

In Chapter 20 of The Catcher in the Rye: ... I kept worrying that I was getting pneumonia, with all those hunks of ice in my hair, and that I was going to die. ... Then I thought about the whole ...
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Meaning of "Not me" in The Catcher in the Rye

In Chapter 20 of The Catcher in the Rye: -Why don't you go home, Mac? How old are you, anyway?" -"Eighty-six. Listen. Give her my compliments. Okay?" -"Why don't you go home, Mac?...
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Usage of "terrible" and "awful" in The Catcher in the Rye

In the begining paragraph in chapter 3 of The Catcher in the Rye, Here: I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and ...
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What does the anecdote about teeing off have to do with Allie's red hair in "The Catcher in the Rye"?

I've just picked up a copy of J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, realizing that it's something that I've never read before and should probably get around to doing. I came across this section in ...
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How intentional are symbols, and do we ever know that the author meant the reader to interpret them in a certain way?

To avoid this question being overly broad, I will connect it to a specific book. In Catcher in the Rye, Holden frequently wonders where the ducks in Central Park go for the winter. When I read the ...
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Catcher in the Rye - Chapter 1 "If I get a chance to remember that kind of stuff..."

In Catcher in the Rye, the narrator failed his school so he had to leave. Before leaving, he thought to say good-by to his history teacher. Then, he brought up his memory of playing football with his ...
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Is the "Lister Foundation" in "Catcher in the Rye" a real organization?

In Chapter 21 of Catcher in the Rye, Phoebe tells Holden about a movie she saw at the "Lister Foundation". No other mention of the Foundation appears in the text. Was it a real organization ...
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What movie is Holden describing?

In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden describes a movie: It was about this English guy, Alec something, that was in the war and loses his memory in the hospital and all. He comes out of the hospital ...
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Interpretation of "The Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger

In "The Catcher in the Rye" by J. D. Salinger, there are two topics that, in my opinion, are metaphors. The first topic is the one of the ducks in the pond and where they go in winter. Looking on the ...
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Was Holden Caulfield molested as a child?

In chapter 24, Holden goes to Mr. Antolini's place to stay for the night. He crashes on the couch, and suddenly is woken up by Mr. Antolini stroking his (Holden's) hair while he sleeps. There are, ...
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Was Catcher in the Rye autobiographical?

Was Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger in any way based on Salinger's earlier life, like the works of Charles Dickens?
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