RE: The Catcher in the Rye home assignment
- Consider Holden’s ideas about childhood and adulthood. Are childhood and adulthood are as separate as Holden thinks they are? If so, which category would he fit in?
- The Catcher in The Rye is written with a cyclical plot where we do not fully understand Holden’s situation until we reach the end and reevaluate the beginning. In a well-written essay, discuss how Holden reveals himself. Be sure to explain the clues he gives as the story unfolds.
- How does Salinger tend to end chapters? What do these endings have in common? How do they work to set the tone of the novel?
- The Catcher in the Rye centers on a young man—can women relate to this novel, too? What about Holden is gender-specific, and what is common to all teenagers?
The Catcher in the Rye centers on a young man—can women relate to this novel, too? What about Holden is gender-specific, and what is common to all teenagers?
In my opinion it doesn’t matter is it young man or young lady, they both can resents the adult world and resists entry into it, but they have little choice. Society and their own bodies are telling them that it is time for them to change. They are attracted to the trappings of adulthood: booze, cigarettes, the idea of sex, and a kind of independence. But they both despise the compromises, loss of innocence, absence of integrity, and loss of authenticity in the grown-up world. This novel presents a coming-of-age story, but with a twist. The usual pattern in this genre of fiction is for the protagonist to begin in turmoil, struggle toward maturity, face various obstacles that initially defeat him but that he can overcome through virtue and perseverance, and eventually triumph. On the place of Holden can be any teenagers, not depending of nationality, gender and status of his or her family.