Journal #1: Just the Way I liked it When Holden was in New York, he purchased the red hat when he got out of the subway in a sporting goods store. He wears his hat by swinging the peaks around the back. Holden always wears his in different ways, either the correct way or backwards. The hat symbolizes uniqueness, individuality, and confidence. When he wears it towards the back means that he is frustrated or mad. His red hunting has is red with long peaks. The purpose of the hat is to make himself comfortable through tough moments. “The way I wore it, I swung the old peak way around to the back-very corny, l’ll admit, but I liked it that way.
I looked good in it that way. “”I pulled the peaks towards the front allof a sudden, for a change. I was getting nervous all of a sudden. ” Journal #2: The Museum Holden enjoys the museum because nothing ever changes and everything is the same. He enjoys the memories he had with his school field trips and remembers everything and what he did there with his classmates. He realizes that the children who visited the museum along with him changed because in real life nothing stays the same. His favorite room was the “Indian Room”, it was a long hallway that leads you to the Native American displays.
You could go there a hundred of times, and that Eskimo would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of the water hole.. “A place that I feel safe and happy would be my aunts house. This would be because being able to see and interact with my cousin and catch up always feels good to do. Having someone that you can talk to and at the same time be comfortable. We always make sure we are having a great day. The museum signifies to the world Holden wishes to live. Journal #3: Allie’s Funeral When Holden finds out about the death, he sleeps in the garage and smashes the windows with anger.
Holden doesn’t attend his brother’s funeral because he is in the hospital recovering from his hand injury after punching the windows in his garage. He did this because they both had a close relationship. He keeps Allie’s baseball mitten as a memory of his brother, to always remember him. I think that it was hard for hard for him to lose his brother especially the one who understood you and was close to you but he should’ve express himself with such angerness. The significance of Holden’s participation is that he did not honor his brother’s death and he would of wanted to be part of his funeral knowing that they were so close.
This may of affected Holden because throughout the novel he mentions him quite often. I think that he may regret not taking part of this event since it has lead him through his problems. Holden never got through the loss of his brother that may be the cause of how he acts. It could also be the reason why he was sent to a mental hospital. Journal #4: On the wall Having Holden see this type of graffiti makes him feel uncomfortable that these children are being introduced to profanity at a young age. He wants to be able to protect his innocence since he has experience harsh events in his life.
He is oncern and worry about how the kids may act to seeing this. Holden cares very much of the children as his relationship with his sister Phoebe. This word symbolizes the loss of innocence. If I were to see that written on the school walls, I would think that whoever wrote this just wants attention and they are acting like little kids who do not know from right or wrong. For them doing this is really stupid for them to do this type of action. If this was in a elementary school’s wall, I would get disappointed because these children did not do anything to deserve to see this everyday.
They are too small to understand and to young to xperience this. These words may provoke hate, anger, and insult. Journal #5: Carrousel This scene is important because it is when Holden decides that he is not running away anymore. He realizes that he needs to grow up and become a big brother to his sister. Holden is ready to take the future as an adult. This made me feel that he wants to pursue his dream and seeing Phoebe happy has changed him. Holden does not make a breakthrough throughout this scene.
If I were to see that written on the school walls, I would think that whoever wrote this just wants attention and they are acting like little kids who do not know from right or wrong. For them doing this is really stupid for them to do this type of action. If this was in a elementary school’s wall, I would get disappointed because these children did not do anything to deserve to see this everyday. They are too small to understand and to young to experience this. These words may provoke hate, anger, and insult. Journal #6: Symbols Some symbols are his hat, Allie’s baseball mitt, and the Museum.
The hat symbolizes his independence and confidence he has. Allie’s baseball mitt symbolizes his love for his brother to have as a memory. The museum symbolizes Holden’s childhood and wants everything to stay the same. Everytime Holden returns to the museum he has changed his personality. Holden wants to live in a fantasy world like “Catcher in the rye”. Holden does not want to grow up and wants his sister to remain with her innocence. think that he thinks this way of wanting everything to remain the same because he misses his brother. After his death, Holden’s childhood was ruin and can not make it up.
He wishes his brother to be back with him but only has the memories they made. Journal #7:1 remember.. School makes me think of homework which makes me think of stress which makes me think of my sister which makes me think f how she is the first in the family to graduate from college which makes me think of the struggles she went through which makes me think of how easier it was for me which makes me think of how my little brother will learn from our mistakes which makes me think of the future which makes me think of having a stable career I will desire.
Journal #8: Jane’s Kings Holden had enjoy spending time with Jane during the summer they met and cares about her. Jane keeps all the kings in the back row because she liked the way it looked when they were all in the back. This represent to how Jane is protecting herself from ll the emotions she has faced. Her stepfather may have abused her emotionally and due to this she does not let anyone hurt her more.
It can also represent how she needs to remain a long distance from people so she won’t get damage. Holden wants to know if Jane still keeps the Kings towards the back because he wants to make sure she still has her innocence. He doesn’t want her to lose it. Along with her staying the same as when they met. This may be a metaphor because of how she approaches life. By keeping all the Kings in the back row means that Jane is afraid to move on and grow up into the adulthood just like Holden.