J.D. Salinger

by: Vanessa R. ,Joshlyn E. , Molly O. , Mahogany W.

Thesis statement for J.D Salinger.

In J.D Salinger's work the Catcher and the Rye, it can be viewed as an actual autobiography with Salinger himself being seen as the main character Holden Caufield


1. How might World War II have affected J.D. Salinger and his writing?

WWII scared Salinger emotionally and he later drew upon his war time experiences in several books.

2.Describe Salinger's lifestyle.

In 1953 two years after the publication, Salinger pulled up stake in New York city and retreated to a secluded place. He also cut off contact with the public and significantly lowered his literary output.

3. What is ironic about the author's own son, Matt Salinger?

Matt Salinger is an actor. Its ironic because J.D. Salinger likes to hide from the crowd and be by himself while Matt is he total opposite.

4. How does Salinger's contribute to an understanding of Holden Caulfield?

Salinger's biography talks about how he is a rebellious, immature but insightful teenager just like Holden.

5. Why isn't there a movie version of catcher in the Rye?

Salinger didn't want his stories to be made into movies. Mostly because he didn't want the directors to change them.

6. If there were a movie version, what modern day actors would play the main character and why?

It would be Logan Lerman because he is an adolescents just like Holden. He also has an awkward look to him which makes him perfect for the role due to the fact that Holden is also a very awkward person.

7. How might Salinger's relationship have affected his novel?

Salinger's relationships may have affected his novel by giving him something to write about. Most everything he writes seems to somehow relate to something in his life. It seems like Salinger liked to express his feelings through writing.



Page 4, is where Holden finally mentions he was flunked out of Pency. It is known that J.D. Salinger also flunked out boarding school.

Chapter 26, pg 214

In this passage, “Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody,” you can tell Holden doesn't like getting close to anyone almost as if he was afraid to get hurt. J.D. Salinger also like to distance himself from people. For example , he lives a in little house away from people .

Chapter 3, pg 18

In this passage, “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though,” both Holden and J.D. Salinger enjoy writing to the author of a great books .

Quiz questions

  1. How did we view the book Catcher in the Rye?
  2. T or F: Both Holden and Salinger both dropped out of many schools.
  3. T or F: Salinger was raised and believed in the Catholic religion.
  4. T or F: Holden is someone who would love to go to war.
  5. What is ironic about Matt Salinger?
  6. Name the actor that would play the main character if there was a movie.
  7. T or F: Holden tells everyone everything .
  8. T or F: Holden and J.D. Salinger enjoy writing to the author.


  1. As an autobiography
  2. T
  3. F
  4. F
  5. Hes an actor which is nothing like Salinger.
  6. Logan Lerman
  7. F
  8. T