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Sreejith 1Sneha SreejithMs. Bergamotto and Ms. PeraltaAcademic English II10 April 2018Holden’s Journal EntriesDay 1:Dear Journal,They gave me a journal and told me to write in it everyday. You know, about my day and mythoughts and stuff like that. By “they” I mean the hot-shot doctor who is treating me in here and hisnurse sidekicks. I know I’m sick, but I ought to tell you, these morons in here are going to be thereason I don’t make it out of here. Anyway, they want me to keep writing about my feelings but “thatstuff bores me” (Salinger 3). I’m doing a helluva good job listening to them though, because I knowthe faster they think I’m getting better, the faster I can get the hell out of here and go back to Phoebeand maybe even Pencey Prep. At this point any place is better than here.This place is kind of like those hospitals you see in the movies where everything is clean as ifthere was never a dying person in here. It seems too phony to be true. Anyway, the doctors are allpretty boys with an ego complex, but there are some cute nurses here. The nurse that comes in to giveme food everyday is pretty. I’m not going to “horse around with her at all” though, because I don’treally like her (Salinger 81). Plus, if I play my cards right, I’ll be out of here soon.Anyway, I better go now because the doctor’s coming in here soon for my session. I have tokeep pretending like I care about this place, as if I’m some sort of phony idiot now. That reminds meof Pencey. I mean it’s befitting I think of that phony school right now. It’s not like Pencey is any kindof “paradiseor anything” but definitely better than any crazy hospital (Salinger 71).
Sreejith 2Tonight’s message to the world: “Sleep tight, ya morons!” (Salinger 68).Day 2:Dear Journal,I forgot to mention yesterday that they let me bring my red hunting cap here, and they evenmade my dad go and get Allie’s baseball mitt for me. I was reading some of the poetry on it again lastnight. The doctor asked if there was anything that helped me think and connect with my feelings andmushy stuff like that, and so I said Allie’s mitt. As for the red hunting cap, I just refused to take it offbecause “I liked it that way” and “I looked good in it that way”, but they probably thought I had somedeep psychological connection to it so they let me keep it (Salinger 24).So I started thinking around lunch time about why I’m actually in here. I get a ton of free oftime in here since they think I’m unstable or something. When I was staring up at the boring whiteceiling over my bed today, it reminded me of the dusty white walls of my garage. The one that “Islept in… the night he died” (Salinger 50). I used to believe in God and all the phony lies they told usin church. But that night my eyes opened up. How could there even be a God who takes away the lifeof an innocent little kid? What about all the spoiled phonies who only care about themselves and their

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Term
Fall
Professor
Peter Honig
Tags
The Catcher in the Rye, Borderline personality disorder, Salinger

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