Catcher in the Rye

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Characterization of Jane


Read Holden's description of Jane. From the information Holden provides the reader, what can BEST be inferred about Jane's character?

"She was a funny girl, old Jane. I wouldn't exactly describe her as strictly beautiful. She knocked me out though. She was sort of muckle-mouthed. I mean when she was talking and got excited about something, her mouth sort of went in about fifty directions, her lips and all. That killed me. And she never really closed it all the way, her mouth. It was always​ just a little bit open, especially when she got in her golf stance, or when she was reading a book. She was always reading, and she read very good books. She read a lot of poetry and all. She was the only one, outside my family, that I ever showed Allie's baseball mitt too, with all of the poems written on it. She never met Allie...but I told her a lot about him...she was interested in that kind of stuff".


While Jane likes to read and attempt to discuss poetry with Holden, she is intellectually challenged lacking the ability to identify poetic elements on a higher level.


Because of Jane's beautiful smile, graceful movements and stimulating conversation, Holden finds Jane to be one of the most gorgeous girls he has in his life.


Jane's response to things she is passionate about and her quirky actions and behaviors, in Holden's eyes, make her one of the most attractive girls he knows.


Jane is easily embarassed when Holden wants to confide in her about his brother Allie; this makes it easy for Holden to spill his heart because Jane doesn't seem to be giving him her full attention.


Jane's easy going mannerisms allow for Holden to feel at ease when discussing things that are on his mind.