The Catcher in the Rye

Allison Tamayo

In Discussion.....

1. Many readers can connect to Holden Caulfield because he is very similar to teenagers. He comes off as an outsider and he feels as though society turned on him only when really everyone has been in this situation. Holden stands for strength and bitterness; his strength comes from overcoming his problems and his bitterness prevents him from social interaction.
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In Discussion....

2. In the early ages before 1951 the second World War had just ended and many people were more financially stable and new inventions were being created. Teens were getting involved with drugs and sex and the priority of having a perfect family image was no longer there. These events could shape the readers point of view during this time because teens were going through the same thing Holden was and could finally relate and realize they weren't alone.

3. What Holden meant by his quote about society was that he never wanted to become part of how society was and criticized the values people had during this time.

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Continued Discussion...

4. Conventional norms during this time were pin-ups, teens drinking, sex, diners and common inventions were more like TV and cars.

5. During this time men were very committed to working and providing for the family where as women were committed to making sure the house is clean, clothes are clean, and food is ready at all times. For the teens though, school wasn't so much a priority because they knew that they would be doing what their mom/dad's were doing.

6. The book was banned because the extreme language and vivid graphics given was thought as "not suitable" learning experiences for kids at that age. It was also looked as something society itself was not ready to endure.