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Isolation, Alienation, and Teen Angst. J.D. Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye. Jerome David Salinger. College dropout Mediocre HS student Valley Forge Military Academy Loved to write Started at 14 Served in WWII Drafted in 1942 Staff Sergeant

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Isolation alienation and teen angst

Isolation, Alienation, and Teen Angst

J.D. Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye


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Jerome David Salinger

  • College dropout

  • Mediocre HS student

  • Valley Forge Military Academy

  • Loved to write

  • Started at 14

  • Served in WWII

    • Drafted in 1942

    • Staff Sergeant

    • Important battles: D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, Battle of Hurtgen Forest

    • Volunteered to participate in “denazification” of Germany

  • Salinger in WWII


The catcher in the rye characters

The Catcher in the RyeCharacters

  • Holden Caulfield

    • Protagonist and narrator

    • Anti-hero

    • 16 years old

    • Expelled from four schools

    • Deeply depressed

    • Feels alienated

    • Has trouble with relationships

    • Cannot relate to most people

    • Writer

    • Pencey Prep


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The Catcher in the RyeCharacters

  • Phoebe Caulfield

    • Holden’s sister, age 10

    • Writes in diary

  • Allie Caulfield

    • Holden’s younger brother

    • Poetry

  • D.B. Caulfield

    • Holden’s older brother

    • Screenwriter, works in Hollywood

  • Stradlater

  • Ackley

  • Mr. Antolini

  • Mr. Spencer


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The Catcher in the RyeCharacters

  • Stradlater

    • Holden’s roommate

    • Holden writes his paper

  • Ackley

    • Holden’s dorm mate

  • Mr. Antolini

    • Holden’s former English teacher

  • Mr. Spencer

    • Holden’s former history teacher


The catcher in the rye

The Catcher in the Rye

  • Structure

    • First person narrative

    • The reader relies on Holden

  • Plot

    • Holden expelled from Pencey Prep

    • Disagreement with roommates

    • Travels to NYC during Christmas break

    • Narrative focuses on about three days of Holden’s travels, interactions with strangers, etc.


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The Catcher in the Rye

  • Phoniness – everyone lies

  • Depression – “It depressed the hell out of me.”

  • Teen angst – Are you angry?

  • Alienation/isolation

  • Experience = knowledge = heartbreak

  • Loss of innocence

    • Little kids are most honest


Reading journal

Reading Journal

  • All notes may be used for reading quizzes

  • Two columns

    • Chapter Number

    • Summary of Each Chapter

      - One bullet per chapter minimum


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