Catcher's Influence

Ray, Lorelei, Gus and Mario


While reading about the book, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, a person can conclude that it has made an impact and influenced different kinds of people all of different ages over the world during the 1950s.


1. What lasting influence has The Catcher in the Rye had on American culture?

Between 1961 and 1982, The Catcher in the Rye was the most censored book in high schools and libraries in the United States. In 1981, it was both the most censored book and the second most taught book in public schools in the United States.

2. What other examples of the "Holden" archetype have you seen in modern media?

There are many people in todays media that represent the Holden archetype. Someone that comes to mind in modern media who is like the Holden character would be Jon Stewart because he is very sarcastic and makes fun of a lot of things.

3. What trends do you see in the types of people who are drawn to the novel? Why could this be?

While going through and really digging deep about Catcher in the Rye most of these trends seem to lead killers to kill and assassinate and lead others in the wrong direction of life.

4. Why do you think The Catcher in the Rye is so constantly referenced? Why does it hold such a central role in our culture? Is this role deserved?

the catcher in the rye in no way shape or form was meant for harm. This book went through studies from the CIA and it was determined that these kids who read made them feel rebellious and influenced others. The reason for such important studies were to figure out why the book was linked to so many crimes in the 80s.

5. How are a presidentioal attempted assassination and the murder of John Lennon associated to Catcher in the Rye?

There was many reasons that Chapman told police why he murdered Lennon. One particular reason that stood out to everyone is that he told police that he was phony and didn't want children to have to suffer and listen to his phony way of life. He also thought that he could turn himself into Holden Caulfield.

6. Why and how does Cathcer in the Rye fit into the banned book classification?

The Catcher in the Rye was banned because of some of the events and themes in the novel. When it came out in 1951, things like sex weren't publicly talked about and displayed like they are today. The language used in the book was also another big reason the book was banned in schools.

7. Have perceptions of the novel changed throughout time? If so, how?

Perceptions of the novel have changes in time because the novel was once protested in public schools and deemed "inappropriate" in the 1950s. Over the course of time, however, many people began to love the book and it is now taught in a variety of different classes and is considered a work of art.

8. What were some of the reviews on Catcher when the novel first appeared in bookstores? Why did people feel this way about the novel?

This book received much backlash when it first arrived on the shelves. Many people mocked Salinger's new work as well as criticizing it for it's abundant use of inappropriate language and focusing on more of character development instead of a plot.

9. Why do readers and critics feel so much animosity towards Salinger’s characters?

Salinger's characters are often portrayed as "emotional" or "whiney" as many readers would say. Some tend to have mental instability or have moral issues and others tend to be obsessive in behavior.


1. True or false? John Lennon was murdered by Frank Chapman.

2. What was the reasoning behind the murder of John Lennon?

a. He was a bad person.

b. He was phony.

3. In what decade was The Catcher in the Rye banned from public schools?




4. True or false? The Cather in the Rye came out in 1951.

5. Why was Catcher in the Rye banned from public schools?

a. It caused crime.

b. It had inappropriate language.

c. It wasn't banned.

6. What kind of people did Holden not like?

a. Phony

b. Sarcastic

7. What president was attempted to be assassinated?

a. John F. Kennedy

b. Barak Obama

c. George Washington

8. True or false? David Chapman wanted to change his name to Holden Caulfield.

9. How was the book viewed by readers when it came out?

a. It recieved good comments

b. It was backlashed

c. It was praised

10. True or false? Catcher in the Rye caused many crime during the 80s.


1. False

2. b

3. c

4. True

5. b

6. a

7. a

8. True

9. b

10. True

Textual evidence 1

Holden changed the whole game of writing books. He just said it how it was in what ever cony way he meant to say it when know one had ever written like that. So he changed the way authors today write.

Textual evidence 2

Holden change up the whole ball game in studies through the government about psychological state of minds of others feeling the need on committing such horrible crimes because they felt the need to and it was why they were living and though this was their duty to do this.

Textual evidence 3

One very important thing that he he changed that not many realize is our security and protection that armed services provides for us. Because after those crimes were committed connected to that book I'm sure the government said hey we can just have people going around killing because they are psycho they belong somewhere where they can receive help.