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Hi, my name is Cristina Arciuolo. I'm sixteen years old. I was born in White Plains N.Y. and raised in Patterson N.Y. I now live in White Plains. My birthday is April 9 1987. I have two older brothers named Michael who is 25 years old and Tommy who is 20 years old. I also have a sister named Jessica who is 16 years old. To let you know what I look like I have brown eyes and hair, I'm 5'21/2. I'm also 100% Italian and proud of it! Some interesting things I have done in my past were cheerleading. I used to go to an acting school that I got very far. I also had a job as a receptionist in a hair salon, which I liked very much. I love to go shopping and go out with my friends a lot. I also like to sleep when I get a break from things, another thing that I find fun to me is coloring my moms hair every few months. Life to me is very important. It's kind of like a game. You have to be able to accomplish a lot and take chances. When you are able to support yourself and accomplish a lot its like you're winning the game. In life there are many decisions and obstacles to face. Then you have the future to come your way. You never know what's in store for you. I hope my future goes according to my plan. After graduating high school with a cosmetology license I hope to be working in a salon for a while and take maybe two years of business classes in college. When I hopefully graduate college, I would love to own my own salon. After settling down with work and business then I will work on...
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added: 11/09/2011
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger has an interesting plot behind it. The plot is set in the 1950s and is narrated by a man named Holden Caulfield. Holden is a sixteen-year old boy who is going through many mental difficulties in his life. The story introduces Holden as a drop out, due to him failing his classes, and being expelled from school. Holden lives in a dormitory, with his roommate, Stradlater who he does not get along with. He also has a neighbor Ackley who he also despises. Holden's roommate is fighting over a girl and an objective paper in this story. Stradlater gets the best of Holden, by not only taking Jane Gallagher out on a date but also getting into a fistfight about a paper Holden wrote for Stradlater. Holden is to return home and go back to see his parents but leaves early and rents a hotel for a few days. The hotel he stays at is a dirty and cheap place but it is only temporary for the time being. Holden tries to go downstairs and drink at a bar but the waiter realizes that he is underage so he is denied. But he gets a stripper to come to his room and he tries to have sex with her. Holden refuses to pay the stripper five dollars and gets into a fight with this man Maurice. Maurice was a man who was the elevator operator at the Edmont Hotel that sets up the prostitute for Holden. He gets beat up badly and has to pay after all. Holden then calls up Sally Hanes who he has dated in the past and they meet for a Broadway play. During the play Sally talks to another guy and makes Holden upset. Holden, feels betrayed that she...
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added: 12/24/2011
Alfaris 1 The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger's book, The Catcher in the Rye exhibits a boy struggling with many adolescent problems. These problems cause much controversy, confusion, and hate. Many of these problems are personal, while some are that of an average teenager. However, the difference between an average teenager and Holden Caulfield is that Holden has let the problems take over his life. By letting all the confusion and hate become so much of whom he is, Holden has become irrational, incapable, and insane. One may say that all his problems and irrationality is due to his brother, Allies death. That it is perfectly normal to act differently after losing someone close to you. However, when these problems start to take over, it is time to get help, but Holden did not. His irrational mind prevents him from making decisions he either should have, or maybe should not have. Leaving school to move to New York is not an ideal choice for boy of Holden's age. New York is much too hostile an environment for a boy of that age to handle on his own. By making this quick and irrational decision, it shows how insane Holden can be. Holden's incapability is also a foreshadowing of how he will handle himself in life, although it is exploited when he is in New York. When Holden "purchased" the prostitute, being but sixteen, he had no idea what he was doing. He did nothing with the prostitute and when she left, she was not very pleased. Her manager, for lack of a better term, was also unhappy with what had happened. Holden, being incapable to handle the situation was beat up. This proves Holden's incapability and insanity in the sense that any Alfaris 2 capable person would be able to handle the situation, and any...
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added: 12/20/2011
"...How do you know what you're going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don't." The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger is the story of a teenage boy, told through his own view. Holden Caulfield tells of the previous year in his life. This quote from page 213 summarizes his feelings about mostly everything. Besides Holden's constant daydreaming, he lived in the moment, doing whatever he felt like. He is a very intelligent young man, capable of great achievement, but Holden unfortunately suffers from a depression. Through out the novel, Holden incessantly mentions how things depress him. Everything from the way people act, to how things are in nature, bring him down. Holden's behavior revolves around his depression. He does not try to pass his classes in school, as well as he does not try to be overly social. He hates the way that people can be so phony, yet he himself can also be called one. Holden tries to put up a front to hide his depression. He acts the way that he thinks people want him to act. Holden enjoys 'shooting the bull' with people. This is because it is the only way that he can have a conversation with someone without revealing his depression. In the final chapter of The Catcher in the Rye, Holden does not tell the reader the rest of his story after the rainy day with his sister, Phoebe. However, it is revealed that he 'got sick' after he went home. There are many clues that point to what happened. As a result of his depression, it is possible that Holden could have made a suicide attempt after returning home. He says, "A lot of people, especially this one psychoanalyst guy they have here, keeps asking me if I'm going to...
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added: 10/03/2011
M. Tepper accurately states "Many teens have problems with which they most cope." M. Tepper is implying that teenagers go through hard times, and they just have to cope (deal) with the problems. The story THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, by J.D. SALINGER supports the quote. The main character Holden Caulfield, a 16 year old boy, who's dealing with a lot stress and gets put in to a institution, in which he shouldn't of been put in there. For example Holden has trouble excepting his younger brother (Allie) death. Then he has a problem with lying or blowing things out of proportion. Holden seems to be a little on the un normal side, but he still a regular teenager. Holden lost a younger brother, who's name was Allie, and had passed on because he had leukemia. Holden didn't go to Allie funeral, so Holden didn't make any closure, he thinks of Allie of being alive. For example, Holden in quote says "I certainly don't enjoy seeing him in that crazy cemetery, surrounded by dead guys and tombstones and all." Referring to Allie, stating that Allie doesn't belong there, in a cemetery. When Holden is upset and/ or miserable, he talks to Allie as if he were right in front of Holden, like when Holden got kicked out of school he would talk to Allie and ask him how is he gonna tell mom and dad. Another example of him talking to Allie is when he was going to cross the street and he started to talk to Allie like he was there and say's to Allie "don't let me disappear." Then when he gets to the other side Holden says "thanks" to Allie like if he were there. Holden might seem a little not there, but he's not crazy, he just...
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added: 12/26/2011
Catcher in the Rye By: J.D. Salinger "You cannot open a book without learning something." This Irish proverb is correct in meaning. As I read Catcher in the Rye, much learning took place. The story was easy to understand and explained realistic experiences that have taken place in my life. This book provided me with some knowledge of myself. As Holden Caufield was telling the story, it reminded me of my past. I believe that I can truly relate to the narrator. The experiences he undergoes in school, were very similar to the time when I attended private school. I was close to everyone, but I did not like some of the people that I had acquainted with. I could not approach those classmates because I did not want to cause trouble. As a result, I dealt with the misery of talking to those that I disliked. During this time, I was very judgmental towards others. Fortunately, I learned to judge others less and tolerate people's flaws. Throughout the story I also learned about the environment and the people who made up society during that time period. The setting of the story and the setting of today does not completely differ. The people in those years were very similar to some of the people in today's society. For instance, parents would be very disappointed if their child was expelled from school, but they usually always support the child no matter what circumstance. Although Holden had already attended a couple of schools in a short period of time, his parents helped him and as a result, he was to start a new school at the end of the story. In the book, the world was a significant factor to the narrator. Without the world, he would not be able to live, nor be the person he...
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added: 10/31/2011
A Catcher In The Rye - Summary The Catcher in the Rye is narrated by Holden Caulfield, a sixteen year-old boy recuperating in a rest home from a nervous breakdown, some time in 1950. Holden tells the story of his last day at a school called Pencey Prep, and of his subsequent psychological meltdown in New York City. Holden has been expelled from Pencey for academic failure, and after an unpleasant evening with his self-satisfied roommate Stradlater and their pimply next-door neighbor Ackley, he decides to leave Pencey for good and spend a few days alone in New York City before returning to his parents' Manhattan apartment. In New York, he succumbs to increasing feelings of loneliness and desperation brought on by the hypocrisy and ugliness of the adult world; he feels increasingly tormented by the memory of his younger brother Allie's death, and his life is complicated by his burgeoning sexuality. He wants to see his sister Phoebe and his old girlfriend Jane Gallagher, but instead he spends his time with Sally Hayes, a shallow socialite Holden's age, and Carl Luce, a pretentious Columbia student Holden treats as a source of sexual knowledge Increasingly lonely, Holden finally decides to sneak back to his parents' apartment to talk to Phoebe. He borrows some money from her, then goes to stay with his former English teacher, Mr. Antolini. When he believes Mr. Antolini to be making a homosexual advance toward him, Holden leaves his apartment, and spends the rest of the night on a bench in Grand Central Station. The next day Holden experiences the worst phase of his nervous breakdown. He wanders the streets, looking at children and talking to Allie. He tries to leave New York forever and hitchhike west, but when Phoebe insists on going with him he relents,...
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added: 11/10/2011
The Catcher in the Rye is a story about growing up. It explores all of the obstacles that we all face while reaching adulthood. The triumphs, the happiness, the heartbreak and the sadness. We follow the main character Holden throughout his journey into adulthood. But this journey is not so much in the sense that Holden literarily grows up but he become more aware of the things that are happening around him. He doesn't mature much physically, but we witness his mind completely mature to that of an adult by the end of the novel. Although Holden's rise to adulthood progresses slowly throughout the novel it is almost sprung on him right at the very end where he painfully witnesses something that he thought would never happen to him. Growing up means letting go, and for this is no exception for Holden. At the beginning of the novel Holden's mindset is that of a rebellious teenager. Also we notice early in the novel that Holden is a very conceited and confident young man. We first begin to notice this then when he states "I was the goddamn manager of the fencing team. Very big deal." (Salinger, 3) This shows that although Holden may be a very modest character in the beginning he is also a very conceited character. Holden personifies the popular quote "Extreme vanity sometimes hides under the garb of ultra modesty." Holden's rebellious side seems to be the driving factor behind him. He has gotten himself kicked out of many schools, and just recently kicked out his Pencey Prep. His rebellious side seems to be the most powerful side of him right up until the end where it is snubbed out along with all his childhood mentality. The fact that Holden believes that everyone is a bunch of "phonies" is a...
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added: 12/02/2011
Holden Caulfield makes the transition from childhood to adulthood in the novel, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. He was able to resist his urge for sex, realizing that he was not yet responsible enough to handle it. Holden, who was not very fond of people in general, displayed a high toleration for young children. He was able to overcome his fear of the unpredictable challenges of the world through the places he visited and people he encountered. In a few short days, Holden was able to grow into a mature young adult. Growing up was harder than Holden had imagined. His roommate, Stradlater, went on a date with Holden"'"s old friend, Jane. Not only was he jealous of Stradlater, it infuriated him to think of a girl he knew well having sex with a boy she didn't know well. Holden was a virgin, but was very interested in sex, and, in fact, he spent much of the novel trying to lose his virginity. He believed that he was ready for his first sexual encounter. He had invited a prostitute up to his hotel room, but while he was waiting for her to show up, he began to realize that he might have made a big mistake. '"'I sort of just wanted to get it over with,'"' (Salinger, 93) he said while waiting for her to arrive. After meeting the girl, it became clear to him that he was unable to handle a sexual encounter with someone that doesn"'"t even share the same interests as him. He seemed to be confused by women and above all, sex. Holden proved he wasn"'"t mature enough when he added, '"'sex is something I just don't understand. I swear to God I don't." (63) He was finally beginning to understand and admit that. Holden...
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added: 11/30/2011
In the novel Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield is a troubled youth. He is a lonely and lost teen in search of meaning and purpose. Holden finds guidance in his former teacher, Mr. Antollini. "I'm not trying to tell you, that only educated and scholarly men are able to contribute something valuable to the world.… And-most important- nine times out of ten they have more humility than the unscholarly thinker." Mr. Antollini's statement implies that you need a balance of both book education and street education. Book education is classroom study, five days a week, in a regular school environment. Street education is real life, the everyday experiences that make you who you are. You need a balance of both schools of education in order to succeed in life, and that is what Mr. Antollini is attempting to get across to Holden. Mr. Antollini's view on education is perfect. Everything cannot always be taught and learned from reading; there are some things you have to do and experience in order to learn and understand them. A book cannot teach someone how to live their life. Through his guidance Mr. Antollini is attempting to be Holden's Catcher in the Rye. He is trying to save Holden and point him down the right path in life. He states, "…once you have a fair view of where you want to go, your first move will be to apply yourself in school." Mr. Antollini is attempting to help Holden achieve success; he knows Holden has street smarts to do well in life, now he just needs the book smarts. Holden is a master at deception and has the whit to negotiate almost any situation, all he needs is the will power to study and apply himself in school. In his speech on...
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