Catcher in the Rye

Historical Context

Thesis Statement

The Catcher in the Rye was a written novel in the 1950's many may think that it doesn't portray that era but J.D. Salinger wasn't a man who cared about other men opinions. We think the historical context was through out the novel connecting the war and other events he went through. This novel portrays the 50's in a different manner.


1. How was the critical reception of the novel illustrative of the time period?

People criticized the book harshly. In the time that this book was published, war had just ended. People weren’t accepting of it because they thought it influenced and encouraged widespread conformity.

2. What pressures specific to the time period influenced Holden? How were people supposed to etc?

Holden had to live with the pressures of living his life perfectly. Basically everything would have been planned out for him and certain things were expected of him, but he couldn’t deal with it because of his trauma. He also was forced to conform to the bland society that he lived in.

3. Explain the growth of consumer culture in the post-war era. How is this reflected in the novel?

Consumer culture rose significantly. In the book, this is showed by the greed that Holden has.

4. What, if any, support would have helped Holden to become a well adjusted teen?

More support from his friends and family might have helped Holden to be a well rounded teen.

5. How do you think the cold war influenced Holdens culture?

The cold war didnt effect holdens culture one way or another.

3 Reflection Pictures

Text An.....

Chapter 9- "He put my goddam paper down the and looked at me like he'd just beaten hell out of me in ping-pong or something"

Chapter 17- "And if they get a brand new car already they start thinking about trading it in for one that's even newer"

Chapter 18-" Anyway, Im sort of glad they've got the atomic bomb invented"


True Or False

1. Salinger joined the army

2.The Cold War influenced Holden's culture

3. The Catcher in The Rye was criticized harshly when the book was published

4. Holden has a lot of support from his family and friends.

5. Critics argued that the book was very serious.

6. Consumer culture fell significantly.

7. People did not accept the novel.

8.Catcher in the rye is on a list of 100 novels that were banned.