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  • Submitted by: lucyvsteel
  • on December 3, 2013
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 1,652 words

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Smoke Gets In your Eyes

With her feet together she made a little jump from the curb to the street surface, then back again. Why was it such a beautiful thing to see? (Stranger 5).

Of the six pre-Catcher stories that I will use in my paper, four of them have endings which are unmistakable versions of Catcher's Central Park carousel scene. After encountering, and interpreting, this scene four times it's hard to get it wrong on the fifth. The above quotation is taken from "The Stranger", and is a section of that story's version of its carousel scene. As in The Catcher in the Rye, and every one of the stories which contain it, this scene takes place between an older brother (in this case, Babe), and his younger sister (Mattie). The marked similarities between these stories and Salinger's novel should serve as a great comfort to me in the proper interpretation of Catcher's climatic scene. They do not. Instead, they serve only to take my Catcher assumptions, previously neatly folded up and categorized, and chuck them into the air. All four stories with carousel versions find the main character steeped in nostalgia. They find the main character in the process of looking back. In all four stories it is a child which provides the main character with their transformation. In all four stories the main character finds hope for the future. They all discover this hope through a child. In all four stories the main character is relieved of the burden of their nostalgia through this hope. It is a looking forward. The transformation of these stories is not the transformation into adulthood, but the ability to unburden themselves of their nostalgia by finding hope in the future. Does the same hold true for Holden in the novel? The sticking-point here is that Holden's nostalgia is his childhood. Holden's nostalgia is Allie. Far more than any other character, Holden is stuck in his posture of looking back. Is that because Salinger suddenly changed his outcome? No. Once again, it...

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  • Submitted by: lucyvsteel
  • on December 3, 2013
  • Category: Miscellaneous
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