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The catcher in the Rye. Intro notes. J.D. Salinger. Published novel in 1951 Well known author and recluse Wanted to be left alone Novel never was, and never will be, adapted into a movie. Plot. Set in the 1950s Narrator— holden Caulfield Telling the story after the fact—metanarrative

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The catcher in the rye

The catcher in the Rye

Intro notes


J d salinger

J.D. Salinger

  • Published novel in 1951

  • Well known author and recluse

  • Wanted to be left alone

  • Novel never was, and never will be, adapted into a movie


The catcher in the rye

Plot

  • Set in the 1950s

  • Narrator—holden Caulfield

  • Telling the story after the fact—metanarrative

    • What is his deal?

    • Why is he telling his story?

    • Where is he?

  • No specific location


Characters

characters

  • Holden

    • High school junior

    • 17 years old

    • Expelled from pencey prep

    • Cynical

  • Ackley

    • Neighbor

    • Bad complexion and poor hygiene

    • Typical annoying neighbor

    • Doesn’t understand context


Characters1

characters

  • Stradlater

    • Roommate

    • Good looking, popular

    • Together

  • Jane

    • Female friend

    • Very important to holden

    • Never actually appears in the novel

  • Sally

    • Holden’s sometimes girlfriend


Family

family

  • Phoebe

    • Ten year old sister

    • Opposite of holden in almost every way

    • Red hair

  • D.B.

    • Older brother

    • Successful writer who lives in Hollywood

    • Admired by holden—sort of

  • Allie

    • Younger brother

    • Died of leukemia three years before the novel


Themes

themes

  • Alienation

  • Loneliness

  • Phoniness of adults

  • bildungsroman


Symbols

symbols

  • Title of the novel

  • Red hunting hat

  • History museum

  • Ducks in central park


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