The Catcher in the Rye
Created by: Denise Milewski
Committed Americans in 1951
The average family life was very traditional, and family roles were also viewed in the same sense. The father was the sole provider, as well as the head of the house while the mom was the home maker, and spent her time cooking or cleaning. Children were only often finishing high school, and college was rare.
During Catcher in the Rye, Holden refused to conform to becoming a conventional member of society. Holden sees how limited people are to their freedom of speech, and he finds them to be phonies. Conventional norms in the 1950's meant people were only focused on work and family, while Holden views the world in such a higher perspective.
Holden stood for the rebelling but intelligent teens. He chose to speak his mind and do things that interested him. Holden fancied girls, and often viewed them with more respect than the average joe. Holden creates a dialogue that touches many readers, and multiple perspectives are being witnessed as the book continues.