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Final Discussion. The Catcher in the Rye. Is Holden “crazy”?. I think Holden is mentally ill. I think Holden has some issues, but I don’t think he should be institutionalized or anything. I think Holden is a prototypical teenager. He has no mental issues beyond what any teenager might have.

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Final discussion

Final Discussion

The Catcher in the Rye


Is holden crazy

Is Holden “crazy”?

  • I think Holden is mentally ill.

  • I think Holden has some issues, but I don’t think he should be institutionalized or anything.

  • I think Holden is a prototypical teenager. He has no mental issues beyond what any teenager might have.


Is holden stressed or depressed

Is Holden stressed or depressed?

  • I think Holden is stressed. His condition is temporary, and not that severe.

  • I think Holden is depressed. His condition is pretty extreme, and he has been experiencing depression for some time.


How well does the book work in the 21 st century

How well does the book work in the 21st century?

  • I think the book works just as well in the 2010s as it did in the 1950s. It depicts the quintessential teenage experience, which is rather timeless.

  • I think the book works well, but just not as well as I imagine it did when it was first published.

  • I think this book is a bit outdated, and does not work as well in the 2010s.


Which of holden s maladaptive behaviors are most disconcerting

Which of Holden’s maladaptive behaviors are most disconcerting?

  • His drinking

  • His smoking

  • His lack of academic success

  • His lack of friends his own age


What do you think of holden s romanticism

What do you think of Holden’s romanticism?

  • Holden is a true romantic – he tries to preserve innocence, and this is endearing, sweet, and sincere.

  • Holden is creepy – he tries to preserve the innocence of children he does not know, he wants to “catch” people in the “rye,” and he obsesses about girls who keep all their kings in the back row. WEIRD!


Is holden a reliable narrator

Is Holden a reliable narrator?

  • Of course! He is the only person telling us the story, so we have to trust him!

  • Maybe he exaggerates at times, but he tells the truth, for the most part.

  • No way! He tells us he is a terrific liar. He could be making up large parts of the story.


Stream of consciousness

Stream-of-consciousness

  • I love the stream-of-consciousness narration. It lends new insight into the characters.

  • I don’t mind the stream-of-consciousness narration. It is interesting, but nothing special.

  • I think the book would work better if it were narrated from a different perspective, such as omniscient third person.


Yes or no

Yes or No

  • Do you feel Holden is an appealing character? Why or why not?


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