Catcher in the Rye

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ENG 3U1 – The Catcher in the Rye Essay Outline Assignment
Task: Pick one of the essay prompts below. Your answer to the prompt will be the thesis of your essay. Thoughtfully and carefully craft an essay outline to develop and defend your thesis. Be concise and to the point, this is only an outline!
You may consult your agenda, previous notes and our class for essay writing tips. Be sure to use text-based evidence to support your thesis.
Essay Prompts
Throughout the novel, Holden is a tormented adolescent. He feels alienated and isolated at Pencey Prep, he is belittled and dismissed by women he wants to impress, he is beaten up twice, he dreams of escape from the world he lives in and he even considers suicide. Yet, despite these hardships,
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He escapes his life by living another. All of these are showing how he is not healthy at all and needs help. Holden tries not to think about these issues in his life, so he choses to make jokes about them

Proof: The humour was used to point out all the flaws in nature.

Analysis: The one thing that Holden hated most was phonies. He constantly ranted about how he hated these so called people. Salinger used Holden as a way of speaking his mind. about his subject without going out publicly about it himself. He was able to speak his mind behind the disguise of a character. In Chapter 22 Holden says that adults are inevitably phonies and the worst part is that they can’t see their own phoniness.

Proof: The larger meaning of the story is that childhood can never remain, meaning you can’t stay a child forever.

Analysis: Holden’s humour shows the childish-like qualities that he possess within him. He switches moods very often. When with the women or out on the town, he has a very grown up personality then he would have a child-like quality while doing something else. Overall, although Holden acts older then his age, but wants to preserve his youth, he will never get his way, it’s just impossible.

Supporting Argument 3
How would the story be different if humour wasn’t used? Humour is an important aspect in this

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