F. Salinger 's ' The Catcher 's The Rye '

1614 Words May 25th, 2016 7 Pages
The novel most commonly found on psychopaths shelves, also the best novel read in class.
The Catcher in the Rye is a novel commonly found on psychopaths’ shelves and no one has ever found out why. It is a remarkable novel that has been banned in the past but is also studied today in schools around the world. In Mr. Capilongo’s grade 9 AP English class, three novels were read following the theme of “The teen experience”: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and The Chrysalids, by John Wyndham. The class enjoyed reading all three novels but when asked to think about which of the three novels is the best it became clear that the best novel is The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Out of the three novels read in Mr. Capilongo’s grade 9 AP English class, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is the best as it has the best character development, an ideal pace, and unparalleled symbolism.
Without characters, novels would not exist. Readers need something they can relate to otherwise they lose interest in the novel. Good properly developed characters are also very important as they help the plotline therefore better characters make better stories. The Catcher in the Rye has very good character development. This is due in part to the story being told in the thoughts of Holden Caulfield. It is also because the author spends a lot of time developing his characters, which gives the story characters more depth and personality. For example:…
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