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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Catcher in the Rye Ending

The ending to The Catcher in the Rye did not seem as extreme as the chapters leading up to it. Did you expect the ending to be more intense, or did you like how it was? Why?

9 Comments:

Blogger babba12345 said...

I agree with you Mama Bear; I also expected a more eventful ending. Through out the whole book there was so much going on, the events were non stop, than all of a sudden the story was just over. I kind of did like the ending though, it’s no fun when you can predict the ending to a movie or book, and I definitely would not have been able to predict this ending. I wonder why the author chose to end the story like this, I wonder if he actually had a real reason for it, or if he just thought it fit well.

March 23, 2006 1:44 PM  
Blogger ILHCMTA said...

I agree with you babba12345, I also expected more stuff going on at the end of the book. I thought that at the end Holden was going to change and he was going to feel sorry about all the things that had happened to him. I got very disappointed with the end of this book. :’(

March 23, 2006 1:59 PM  
Blogger Dogowner2 said...

I thought the ending to the catcher in the rye was pretty dumb. All the things that you thought were going to happen at the end of the book didn’t. I expected the author to describe at the end how his parents yelled at him because of his expulsion of Pencey. I also expected Holden to loose his virginity and see Jane Gallagher again, but that didn’t happen either. To be honest I didn’t think the book was good. All the things that are leading up to the end, ends up being summarized in one paragraph in the last chapter and then you get the expression, “oh it’s over”. My hopes of the catcher in the rye were shattered in the end because the author didn’t make clear of what actually happened to Holden.

March 23, 2006 2:03 PM  
Blogger cool man said...

I wanted the ending to be more intense. I didn’t expect for it to end the way it did. I wanted it to be more intense because the story had all these big things in it and it end up kind of depressing, just someone sitting in a rest home. I feel that there should have been some more kind of action, like what he did next.

March 23, 2006 2:16 PM  
Blogger UncleBob2 said...

I agree with Baba and Mama Bear on this one. I feel like the book never really ended, Holden just stopped telling his story. I was expecting something exciting to finish the book with a bang. Throughout the book, in a short period of time, so many different things would happen. I figured some sort of life changing event would make Holden look back on the way he views the world around him. This didn’t happen and I have to say that I was a little disappointed by it. I guess the reason J.D. Salinger had the book end the way it did was because he wants us to continue thinking about the book and make our own conclusions about what else happened throughout Holden’s life. Do you all agree?

March 24, 2006 12:19 PM  
Blogger Prechu said...

I believe that the ending of the book could have been much better. It would have been a great ending if Mr. Salinger was about to write a sequel to The Catcher in the Rye because then he could have kept the people in a suspense. The ending was weird because I was like so into the story and was so eager to find out what happened to Holden and how his life changed. Like baba12345 said it is even hard to predict the ending. If I was in Mr. Salinger’s place I would have at least made the ending a little obvious so the reader would have an idea of what happened next.

March 24, 2006 12:35 PM  
Blogger superman said...

I personally was expecting a more power full ending. Reading through the book, my i was saying to my self this is a very good book it shows the effect death can have on a person it also shows some of the modern teenagers habits. I thought it was a great book with a simple ending

March 24, 2006 2:43 PM  
Blogger ilmm10 said...

In the last post I talked about how I gave Salinger a C grade for the ending. I really think it needed more “umph” The whole book was all fast moving and crazy, people swearing, fighting, drunk just all over the place and then the ending was as Mr. Donald Trump would put it “simple stupid.” For a marketing campaign maybe it needs to be simple but for a book as wild as t was in the beginning, that is the way it needs to end.

March 24, 2006 10:20 PM  
Blogger chumi said...

I thought that the ending of the catcher in the rye was going to be more dramatic. I didn’t like the ending of the catcher in the rye because it was very confusing because the author didn’t really say what happened to Holden. I thought that Holden was going to kill himself or he was going to do something crazy. I didn’t like the ending of the book at all, but I did enjoy this book a lot.

March 25, 2006 4:15 PM  

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