Analysis Of ' Salinger 's ' The Catcher Rye '

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Summer Reading-TASIS 2014
Rising 9th Grade Mainstream English
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and Fahrenheit 541 by Ray Bradbury Please write a typed or handwritten response (200 words each in the language relevant to your course) to each of the following prompts on each of the works assigned for the course(s) you will be taking in 2014-2015: The Catcher in the Rye

Initial Understanding: What are your thoughts and questions about the story? You might reflect upon characters, their problems, the title, or other ideas in the story.

J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is a very interesting sort of novel, as the entire book is the main character, Holden Caulfield, talking about part of his life to a psychoanalyst. This is revealed in the final one-page chapter and foreshadowed earlier, which gives the sense of a conversation between the reader and Holden (the intermittent use of second person and bits of rambling text are common as well.) Holden seems pretty messed up for a teenager, but who can blame him? Every social encounter he faces ends up badly for him, to the point that he wishes he were a deaf-mute so “[he] wouldn’t have to have any goddamn stupid useless conversations with anybody. If anybody wanted to tell me something, they’d have to write it on a piece of paper...They’d get bored as hell doing that after a while, and then I’d be through with having conversations for the rest of my life. Everybody’d think I was just a poor deaf-mute bastard…
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