The Catcher in the Rye

By: Matthew Garbin, Devin Hall, and Rashad Pickens

Thesis Statement

In The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salanger it can be determained that the novel has a lasting effect in American society involving teens, issues, growing up, and social problems.

What lasting effects has The Catcher in the Rye had on american culture?

A lasting effect that the book The Catcher in the Rye had on America is the phonyness. It gives a whole different perspective of how phony everything can be and the other side of the world in general.

What other exanmples of the "Holden" archetype have you seen in modern media?

what the book is implying is that Holden is Salanger and Salanger is Holden. so basacly what this is saying is that Salanger made the book and made Holden in his image and used his own thoughts on how world is like.

What trends do you see in the types of people who are drawn to the novel? why does it hold such a central role in our culture? is this role deserved?

Socially enept people usually resonate stronger with this book probably because of the ability to relate with Holden's obvious personal flaws and issues. Thier ability to connect strongly with Holden's anti-social and sarcastic disposition gives them comfort in finding a charactor with an understanding to their issues.

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 character took the form of an everyday troubled teen in the most honest sense. Salinger created a character that said what most people feel which may be the reason for its popularity. We believe the book was released at an ideal time to obtain success. We believe it does deserve to have a central role.

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

The reason behind the attempted assassination of the president is like the murder of john Lennon because they both deal with the book and how it influenced them to carry out the killing.

Why and how does Catcher fit into the banned book category?

There have been attempts to ban Catcher since the 1960s. Challengers of the book's content have tried to get the book banned because of obscene language and situations, "excessive" vulgar language, and sexual scenes.

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

A decade after the book was published it was used by young people who opposed the Vietnam war , other than being a figurehead for rebellion, negative feelings have given weigh to more positive reviews and opinions regarding the book's content.

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

Early reviews of the book were consistently positive until the decade passed and America moved into the Vietnam War, where the generation gap first started to become a serious social issue. Though made a decade prior, it was used as a type of propaganda that the young people of the 1960s and 70s used as a way to rebel against the "establishment"

Why do readers and critics feel so much animosiity towards Salinger's characters.

Salinger's characters are usually offbeat or strange when compared to a majority of protagonists. They have personal issues which some readers and critics may find distasteful.

Textual Evidence

- "Then all of a sudden, she said, "Oh, why did you do it?" She meant why did I get the axe again. It made me sort of sad , the way she said it. "Oh, God Phoebe , don't ask me. I'm sick of everybody asking me that." -

Page 167

Most readers could probably relate to fact that Holden did not want to keep explaining what happened to him. For The Catcher in the Rye to be influential it needs to be relatable. This quote shows how natural and realistic Holden's responses are to other characters in more than just this section f the novel.

- The Navy guy and I told each other we were glad to've met each other. Which always kills me. I'm always saying "Glad to've met you" to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff though. -

Page 87

We believe this shows Holden's ability to pick small details that occur in everyday life that most people fail to recognize or fail to notice. This also shows how Salinger wanted to bring to light a potentially meaningful phrase that society has made meaningless.

- "How marvelous to see you!" Old Lillian Simmons said. Strictly a phony. "How's your big brother?" That's all she really wanted to know. -

Page 86

Holden immediately sees and , to himself calls, Lillian on her transparency when saying it was nice to see Holden when in reality, she really only wanted to know about his brother. We conclude that Transparency is largely widespread but largely unrecognized in society.


1.) True or False, Ronald Reagan was shot by a supporter of "The Catcher in The Rye".

2.) True or False, "The Catcher in The Rye" was banned.

3.) True or False, Young Protestors against the Vietnam supported the book.

4.) True or False, J.D. Salinger's characters differ from normal protagonists.

5.) True or False, "The Catcher in The Rye" was not always viewed as an inappropriate book.

6.) True or False,"The Catcher in The Rye" was released in the 1950s.

7.) True or False, First reviews of "The Catcher in The Rye" were mainly positive.

8.) True or False, perceptions of the book have changed throughout time .

9.) True or False, John Lennon was killed by a supporter of "The Catcher in The Rye".

10.) True or False, Not all critics liked J.D. Salinger's characters.

Answers: All True