Your Journal: Additional Requirements. For your FRONT COVER , draw a picture that represents Holden Caulfield – be sure he is dressed as Holden dresses and include common quotations that Holden speaks.
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Catcher in the Rye: Journal Requirements
Bellwork: Society through the eyes of a teen
To be similar or identical
To be obedient or compliant
To act in accordance with customs or norms
Not genuine or real; fake
Compare and contrast the two- Which is better? Worse?
______ is to be ______ while _______ is _____. Being ______ has
a more positive connotation because ______
The Catcher in the Rye
Published in 1951
Has sold over 65 million copies world wide
Despite its popular success, the critical response to The Catcher in the Rye was slow in getting underway.
One of the most frequently challenged books in library history because of sex and vulgar language.
Named one of the best novels of the 20th century by Time Magazine.
Then this morning I went to the bookstore and bought The Catcher in the Rye. I’m sure the large part of me is Holden Caulfield, who is the main person in the book. The small part of me must be the Devil.
Tells the story of a teenager expelled from his high school and his journey across NYC in the 1950’s.
Issues discussed in the book include: school, teachers, music, sex, alcohol, hypocrisy, family, and being a teenager.
A story is about Holden Caulfield, the 16 year old protagonist of the novel, and his experiences in school and New York City.
J.D. Salinger attended prep schools in NYC and flunked out of McBurney School at 13
He attended Valley Forge Military Academy and graduated at 15
He has been referred to as a terrible liar, though this is difficult to prove/disprove
Alienation from society– Salinger seems determined to keep his life private from outsiders.
Conformity vs. Resistance
Perception of Truth
Changes in Values over Time
Watch for these themes during your reading of the novel. You will be expected to pull examples of each theme out of the novel.
This novel is a character study of Holden.
Analyze Holden’s motivations, his personality, and his mental stability.
What’s Holden’s deal? Is there something wrong with him (is he crazy?) or is he a just a normal teenager?