The Catcher in the Rye

Created by: Denise Milewski

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Committed Americans in 1951

Americans dedicated their commitment to very different things in the 1950's.

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.

Being Banned

Many Americans viewed The Catcher in the Rye as too advanced and outspoken for the generation. This novel includes language, propaganda, and obstructive views that ultimately served as a foundation for expanding ones mind. Citizens found this book to be too overwhelming, and feared that it would cause further rebellion amongst teens. During this period, televisions were becoming more and more prominent within society, and Hollywood was a big factor within television. This novel not only changed the mind of a teen, but also was influenced with the advertising that was seen on TV. More and more attractive people were being displayed, and family time was overall severely impacted. This formed the "new teenager".
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The Catcher in the Rye Analysis