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Creative Writing: Life Is A Game

1764 words - 8 pages

“Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.”
“Yes, sir. I know it is. I know it.”
Game, my ass. Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game, all right—I’ll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it? Nothing. No game. -(chapter 2 page 8)
- Spencer, his former teacher,is lecturing him for his failures at Pencey
- emphasizing the importance of playing a game(life) by the rules
- Holden identifies himself as the losing side
-Relates easily to how the losing side feels, lonely and victimized
- This gets Holden thinking, he is very well off and thinks about the ...view middle of the document...

"Tonight's the only time I can make it." What a dope I was. I shouldn't've said that.” -(chapter 9 page 66)
- He always turns his back on every chance he gets to have sex
- Shows he is cowardly and can not do what he says he wants to do
- He lacks the courage to act upon the actions he so wishes to do
- We can detect his character up to this point is timid, spineless, chicken-hearted
- Demonstrates his innocence
"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." -(chapter 9 page 60)
- Holden is so desperate to find someone to talk to, he asks the cab driver to join him
- Does not have anyone close to share and express his feelings too which is sad and depressing
- Shows he does not associate him with feelings of love, friendship, trust
- Lack of people he trusts, relationship issues
- Deep internal emotional struggle
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Theme Notes:
She came in and took her coat off right away and sort of chucked it on the bed. She had on a green dress underneath. Then she sort of sat down sideways on the chair that went with the desk in the room and started jiggling her foot up and down. She crossed her legs and started jiggling this one foot up and down. She was very nervous, for a prostitute.----"Like fun you are."
It was a funny thing to say. It sounded like a real kid. You'd think a prostitute and all would say "Like hell you are" or "Cut the crap" instead of "Like fun you are." - chapter 13 page 94
-Demonstrates innocence
-Even if someone has a dark life, there is still innocence left in it
-No matter how horrible your situation is, there is always hope
- There is good even in the worst situations
- Everyone is innocent to certain degree
- Holden is surprised that she was still so innocent despite her profession
-He feels that she should have been more vulgar(he was stereotyping her)
-This passage suggests that bad situations are not as bad as they seem
I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can. -(chapter 10 page 73)
- he reflects on relationships and his maturity
- males in their adolescent tend to create relationships in their minds
- male are attracted to something as small a action they consider “pretty”
- Quickly realizes that these made up relationships will only ingulf in in more loneliness and pain
- Soon realizes that receiving pleasure from these kind of fake relationships are “crazy and unrealistic
I don't even know what I was running for--I guess I just felt like it. -(Chapter page 5)
- Holden does not like his current life and life style
-Through out the novel he is only doing what he knows best, running away
- he is running from his feelings and reason
- He avoids...

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