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Holden by Mind Map: Holden

1. lies

1.1. "You remember I said before that Ackley was a slob in his personal habits? Well, so was Stradlater, but in a different way. Stradlater was more of a secret slob. He always looked all right, Stradlater, but for instance, you should've seen the razor he shaved himself with. It was always rusty as hell and full of lather and hairs and crap. He never cleaned it or anything. He always looked good when he was finished fixing himself up, but he was a secret slob anyway, if you knew him the way I did"

1.1.1. Because Stradlater puts on a front, he's a hypocrite. and also a phony. but does Holden even follow his own rules? he is constantly pretending to be someone he’s not so not only he is he lying to the people around him, he is also lying to himself

1.2. "Oh, how lovely! Perhaps you know my son, then, Ernest Morrow? He goes to Pencey." "Yes, I do. He's in my class." Her son was doubtless the biggest bastard that ever went to Pencey, in the whole crumby history of the school. He was always going down the corridor, after he'd had a shower, snapping his soggy old wet towel at people's asses. That's exactly the kind of a guy he was. "Oh, how nice!" the lady said. But not corny. She was just nice and all. "I must tell Ernest we met," she said. "May I ask your name, dear?" "Rudolf Schmidt," I told her. I didn't feel like giving her my whole life history. Rudolf Schmidt was the name of the janitor of our dorm

1.2.1. this is a conversation between holden and a mom of a classmate at the subway station. There’s literally no reason for Holden to lie here he’s not in trouble, he’s not running away from school Holden just doesn’t “feel” like telling the truth

2. angry

2.1. "i was only 13 and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all because i broke all the windowsin the garage"

2.1.1. Through out the book one can see that Holden is emotionally unstable being so young and already doing things as violent as that

2.2. "Game, my ass. some game. if you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then its a game, all-right- ill admit that. but if you get on the other side, jwere there arent any hot-shots, then whats a game about it? nothing. no game."

2.2.1. when Holden talks about this hes referring to life. the way he expresses this is pretty angry like as if he hates it or the "hot-shots" he refers to

2.3. "One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies. That's all. They were coming in the goddam window. For instance, they had this headmaster, Mr. Haas, that was the phoniest bastard I ever met in my life. Ten times worse than old Thurmer. On Sundays, for instance, old Haas went around shaking hands with everybody's parents when they drove up to school. He'd be charming as hell and all. Except if some boy had little old funny-looking parents. You should've seen the way he did with my roommate's parents. I mean if a boy's mother was sort of fat or corny-looking or something, and if somebody's father was one of those guys that wear those suits with very big shoulders and corny black-and-white shoes, then old Haas would just shake hands with them and give them a phony smile and then he'd go talk, for maybe a half an hour, with somebody else's parents. I can't stand that stuff. It drives me crazy. It makes me so depressed I go crazy. I hated that goddam Elkton Hills"

2.3.1. this whole paragraph shows Holden has an obsession with "phonies." and seems to be the source of a lot of his dissatisfaction or anger with the world around him

3. confused

3.1. "I was sort of crying but i don't know why"

3.1.1. whening holden left his school he admitted to crying but he himself wasnt even sure why he was crying

3.2. "Well – take me to the Edmont then," I said. "Would you care to stop on the way and join me for a cocktail? On me, I'm loaded."

3.2.1. after being isolated Holden became kinda desperate for someone to talk to that he tries inviting the cabbie out for a drink.

4. isolated

4.1. "Anyway, it was the Saturday of the football game. … I remember around three o'clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill. "

4.1.1. this is when Holden is at the football game. instead of going down with the rest of the school to watch the game, he stood alone at the top of the hill watching people instead of connecting with them

5. sadness

5.1. "i was sort of crying but i don't know why"

5.1.1. because of him crying once he left even though hleaving hated the school shows that he as actually depressed or sad about leaving

5.2. "the best thing, though, in the museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. nobody'd move... nobody'd be different. the only thing that would be different would be you."

5.2.1. this shows that Holden is a way falling into depression kinda like when someone has lost a loved one and they don't want to do anything but stay at home, Holden doesn't want anything to change everything should just stay the same he wanted to preserve his childhood

6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPpkTByVj-E