The catcher in the rye

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  • Identity crisis in The Catcher in the Rye.
  • Holden "He knew I wasn't coming back to Pencey... They kicked me out. I wasn't supposed to come back after Christmas vacation, on account of I was flunking four subjects and not applying myself and all. They gave me frequent warnings to start applying myself- especially around midterms... but I didn't do it. So I got the ax." (Salinger 6) 
  • Scene 1, Phoebe figuring out Holden got kicked out of school. 
  • "You don't like any schools. You don't like a million things. You don't" (Salinger 187) 
  • "Even if you do go around saving guys' lives and all, how would you know if you did it because you really wanted to save guys' lives, or... because what you really wanted to do was be a terrific lawyer, with everybody slapping you on the back" (Salinger 90)
  • Scene 2, Holden in the taxi. 
  • "Hey, do you know where the ducks go to in the winter when the lake freezes up?"
  • Identity crisis is you don't know what path you want to go down or confused on what to do with your life. Identity crisis affected Holden by holding him back from many opportunities since he still hasn't found himself in the book. 
  • During this scene in the novel, Phoebe is upset with Holden because he got kicked out of Pencey, just like all the other schools. She is worried about what her parents may do and realizes that Holden has no interest in many things. Holden also can't think of many things he has interest in and that is because he has not figured out who he is yet, this conveys the theme identity crisis.
  • Holden asks the taxi driver where the ducks go and the taxi driver doesn't really care because the thinks Holden is just trying to be funny. Holden is concerned the on where the ducks go in the winter, he feels a connection to the ducks because he doesn't know if they have any place to go and much like himself, because he feels lost. This show identity crisis because he wonders where he will be or what he would do next. 
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