The Catchers INFLUENCE...

Rudy & Josh & Jose

Catcher In The Rye & Its Writer.

The Catcher in the rye was first released on January 16, 1951 and banned the same year! details of book. when written. Catcher in the Rye began as a shot story and was later expanded into J.D. Salinger only novel. The book was written as a autobiographical about Salinger's views of the world.

Thesis of how we FEEL.

The Catcher In The Rye is a well known book which has the history of turning people crazy and has writing which can be described as profanity. But its not, thats what this book came out to be as. J.D didnt mean to have this book turn into such a big issue but thats what people took it as. Salinger went deep into himself to write a book which i feel describes himself as well as his childhood. People read it try to digest it and gives them the thought of oh, if he didnt like it and his childhood relates to me i should do it. People already have mental issues by reading this it gave them the motivation to do there action. This book and all its history influced many eathier to believe this book is bad and meant to be destoryed to being a book of experiment and needed to be dug into. or for the normal people and its author, its just a book meant to be read and enjoyed.

Questions 1-3 (JOSE)

1. What Lasting influence Has The Catcher In The Rye Had On American Culture?

With its very first sentence, the book, which came out in 1951, introduced a brand-new voice in American writing, and it quickly became a cult book, a rite of passage for the brainy and disaffected.

One of the most overwhelming elements that teenagers can learn is the need to forge some type of healthy connection with others. Teens could certainly concur with the idea that the world is filled with "phonies." Teens need to grasp the basic idea of forging healthy connections that allow one to feel at ease with so much in the world that makes one feel ill at ease.

In 1976, a Long Island school board, the president of whom was a traditional Catholic, removed Catcher in the Rye along with ten other objectionable books from the school library, causing a furor of protest from students and parents which went all the way to the Supreme Court.

Today Catcher in the Rye is a must read book!

2. What Other Examples Of The "Holden" Archetype Have You Seen In The Modern Media?

Holden can be seen as a Christ figure in some interpretations. He is falling throughout the novel and rises again after he hits rock bottom, passing out in the bathroom. The novel covers about 3 days, the same amount of time between the fall and resurrection.

3. What Trends Do You See In The Types Of People Who Drawn To the Novel? Why Could This Be?

It seems that the most influenced people by the catcher in the rye end up becoming killers! There were three assassinations associated with catcher in the rye, of the three Mark David Chapman was the only one obsessed with it. He saw John Lennon as a phony, because he saw God as real. By killing Lennon, Chapman hoped to save children from emulating Lennon’s godless ways.

Many people who are drawn to The Catcher in the rye tend to associate themselves with Holden in their own personal way and tend to react in their own personal way too.

Questions 4-6 (Rudy)

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 wasn’t written to make people assassinate or turn into killers. It wasn’t made to have children turn disobedient and delinquents but the C.I.A had mind experiments of the book may have influenced the people who read it. They were actually meant to trigger something in the brain and turn them into killers, this project was called Project MKULTRA. The reasons for these experiments was because the catcher in the rye was linked to a number of crimes in the 1980’s. Including the murder of John Lennon, the attempted assassination of President Regan, and the case of Rebecca Schaeffer. Each case the criminal has said that they have been inspired by the writing of J.D Salinger novel. It was written to show not the everyday life of a teenager but what a teenager faces in his or her life time and how Holden or most teenagers may go through it in the 1950’s.

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

David Chapman murdered John Lennon for many reasons the main reason was because he believed Lennon was a Phony. He was going insane, “He talked of changing his name to Holden Caulfield and even wrote the Hawaii attorney general to ask about the procedure.” Said one of his close friend and roommate. On September 20th he wrote to his friend I’m going nuts with a picture of a diamond head with the sun moon and stars above it then he signed it “The Catcher in the Rye.” The thing that angered him the most was the 1966 remark of John Lennon that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus. He also believe he could retrieve his fame and turn himself into Holden Caulfield. Being a Christian, Chapman took offense to Lennon’s atheism. He saw John Lennon as a phony, because he saw God as real. By killing Lennon, Chapman hoped to save children from emulating Lennon’s godless ways. Chapman saw Catcher in the Rye as his inspiration.

REGAN--John Hinckley, who tried to kill President Reagan in 1981John Hinckley was not obsessed with Catcher in the Rye. It just so happens that when police entered Hinkley’s residence, Catcher in the Rye was sitting on his coffee table. Hinckley, while mentally unbalanced, had an altogether different obsession: Taxi Driver. Hinkley saw himself as Travis Bickle. By killing Ronald Reagan, he sought to impress Jody FosterJohn Hinckley grew up in the Dallas, Texas area. The son of a successful corporate executive who had ties to the Bush family, Hinckley was a bright student who played multiple sports in high school, excelled at piano lessons, and was twice elected class president. As a young man, however, he exhibited signs of psychological turmoil. He developed a fascination with firearms, and became consumed with various obsessions. Soon he was relying on anti-depressants and tranquilizers. Hinckley devoured The Catcher in the Rye, or rather, The Catcher in the Rye devoured HinckleyThe plan to assassinate President Reagan was hatched in order to somehow impress Foster, and thus “catch her in the rye.” On March 30, 1981, Hinckley fired six shots at President Reagan outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., seriously wounding the president as well as three members of his entourage. Hinckley was quickly subdued by police before he could do any more damage. He reportedly told authorities that if they wanted to hear his defense, they should just read Salinger’s novel.

Robert John Bardo- stalked her for 3 years called her another Hollywood whore as holden clamed they are all prostitutes. endured a troubled, abusive upbringing in Tucson, Arizona. After an adolescent suicide attempt, he was placed in foster care. At the age of 15, he was institutionalized for a month due to emotional problems.

6. Why and how does Catcher fit into the banned book classification?

- Between 1966 and 1975, it was the most frequently banned book in schools Teachers were fired for assigning the book to student’s parents in New Jersey complained to their school board about the book’s “filthy and profane” language and its apparent promotion of premarital sex, homosexuality, and perversion. They also claimed that it was “explicitly pornographic” and, predictably, “immoral they even stated boldly that it was part of a Communist plot these fans include Mark David Chapman, who assassinated John Lennon and was found carrying the book afterwards. Chapman also read a passage from the book at his sentencing. John Hinckley, Jr., who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was also alleged to have been obsessed with the book. And Robert John Bardo, who murdered Rebecca Schaeffer, was found carrying the book when he visited her apartment. Parents tend to call the book a sort of anti-social Bible that deserves to be exterminated from school curricula In 1960, school administrators at a high school in Tulsa, Okla., fired an English teacher for assigning the book to an 11th-grade class Another community in Columbus, Ohio, deemed the book “antiwhite” . One library banned it for violating codes on “excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, things concerning moral issues, excessive violence and anything dealing with the occult.” When asked about the bans, Salinger once said , “Some of my best friends are children. In fact, all my best friends are children. It’s almost unbearable for me to realize that my book will be kept on a shelf out of their reach.”

Questions 7-9 (Pez)

7. Have Perceptions Of The Novel Changed Throughout Time? If So How?

Have perceptions of the novel changed throughout time? If so, how? The focus of intense controversy since its publication in 1951, J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye is widely venerated as a symbol of freedom from censorship. While the book, strangely enough, never provoked much debate in Catholic schools, and Catholics in their forties and fifties recall reading this “naughty” novel in Catholic high schools, it was once protested strongly in public schools across the country.

For example, in 1976, a Long Island school board, the president of whom was a traditional Catholic, removed Catcher in the Rye along with ten other objectionable books from the school library, causing a furor of protest from students and parents which went all the way to the Supreme Court.

a book which, it has been calculated, has 295 instances of swearing using God’s name, and 795 other profanities, besides a graphic depiction of a suicide and numerous descriptions of the main character’s sexual adventures.

Now the book is in just about every English class

8. What Were Some Of The Reviews On Catcher When The Novel First Appeared In


(1951) Salinger is more of a kid’s writer. This reviewer didn’t like the book much because he felt Salinger went out of his comfort zone and the book was monotonous at various parts. He also thought the book could have done without a few portions of the book. However, they liked Phoebe because little kids are his forte. (1951) Holden is just like most 16 year olds. He shows many signs of adolescence throughout the book. He goes through a lot for a 16 year old in a matter of a few days.

9. Why Did People Feel This Way About The Novel? Why Do Readers And Critics Feel So Much Animosity Towards Salinger's Characters?

We feel that Salinger gets so much crap for this book because……….. Holden’s character can be so relatable to many people in society. There is also a lot of vulgarity in the book, which does not attract many people. Parents do not want their kids reading these kinds of books.

“The Catcher in the Rye has been banned continually from schools, libraries, and bookstores due to its profanity, sexual subject matter, and rejection of some traditional American ideals”Salinger also never described any other characters nearly as much as he did with Holden.

Many people also think that J.D. went out of his zone to create this book. “What did I tell ya, she said the next day. This Salinger, he's a short story guy. And he knows how to write about kids. This book, though, it's too long. Gets kinds of monotonous” Holden also has troubles communicating with others, “Caulfield's inability to communicate with others is also represented symbolically in the uncompleted phone calls and undelivered messages which appear throughout the novel . . . On fifteen separate occasions, Holden gets the urge to communicate by phone, yet only four phone calls are ever completed,

10 Question Quiz!!

1. Who killed John Lennon?
a, Frosty the Snowman
b. John Wayne
c. David Chapman
2. Which former president was attempted to be assassinated?
a. Ronald Reagan
b. JFK
c. George W. Bush
3. What was the name of the "C.I.A. Project"?
a. Project Cather in the Rye
b. Project MKULTRA
c. Project Incognito
4. What was our group's theme?
a. Influence
b. Background on novel
c. Both a and b
5. What year was The Catcher in the Rye published?
a. 1962
b. 1951
c. 1907
6. What historical figure was Holden Caufield related to?
a. Jesus Christ
b. Ghandi
c. J.D. Salinger
7. Did Chapman plea insanity?
a. Yes
b. No
c. I don't know what that means
8. What kind of people does Holden dislike?
a. Phony people
b. Rich people
c. People who smoke
9. What name did David Chapman want to change his name to?
a. Quincy Penney
b. Hulk Hogan
c. Holden Caulfied
10. On a scale of 1-10, rate our project.


1. c

2. a

3. b

4. a

5. b

6. a

7. a

8. a

9. c