Historical Context

By Donathan Tate, Eric Aguilar, Roberto Magana, Eric Diaz

Thesis Statement

A controversial issue arose over whether or not "Catcher in the Ryes'. " Holden Caulfield is a defining book character that represents civil rebellion by young teens and new trends during War.


Is Holden an early example of the "Counter-Culture Cycle"? Why/why not?

Yes, Catholic Worlds review of Catcher in the Rye stated "formidable excessive use of amateur swearing and coarse language... and whether an alienated, hard-drinking, chain-smoking flunky like its adolescent protagonist, Holden, is a good influence on the young."

Identify at least five ways WWII impacted American culture. What happened as a result of the war?

Prosperity and new technology

Mass media, especially Television

Affluent teens

New Market

Radical aspects of new "youth culture"

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

New experiences through Holdens personal adventure has made Holden open to learning more about himself. Such as his meetings with old friends and new people entirely.

Textual Evidence

Chapter 13 pg. 95-98

Holden attempts to hold a regular conversation with a stripper that was sent to his room. This displays holdens need to express himself to someone.

Chapter 11 pg 79-80

Holden has a friendly experience with Jane when he was younger. Where they would occasionally hold hands with each other.


1. What is one of the main defining historical representations of holdens characters?

2. What was the name of the organization whos review we used in the presentation?

Answers to quiz

1. Civil rebellion be young teens

2. Catholic Worlds