Catcher in the Rye

Pedro Martinez, Joey Pharo, and Ethan Bohanek

Catcher's Influence

As we read the famous book, The Catcher in the Rye, we should think about what this book really portrays and what it has to say. This novel had a great influence on society in the 1950's involving, the life of a teenage boy, mental and family issues. The Catcher in the Rye in todays world continues to influence society.

Questions/ Answers

  1. What lasting influence has The Catcher in the Rye had on American culture?
  • People believe that the book leads to assassinations and three murders happened that involved the book.
2. What other examples of the "Holden" archetype have you seen in modern media?

  • Some movies, Dead Pets Society- Ethan Hawke The Ice Stem- Toby Mcguire

3. What trends do you see in the types of people who are drawn to the novel? Why

could this be?

  • People who usually read this are outcast and have a book to relate too.

4. Why do you think The Catcher in the Rye is so constantly referenced? Why does it

hold such a central role in culture? Is this role deserved?

  • The book really talks about what teenagers are going through in their high school life and how they want to fit in and the obstacles they have to over come. Teens can reflect on this central role. And honestly I think that it is not deserved because there are other books more recent and more relatable to teens.

5. How are a presidential attempted assassination and the murder of John Lennon

associated to Catcher in the Rye?

  • They both had copies of the book and they used the book of a reason why they did the things they did.

6. Why and how does Catcher fit into the banned books classification?

  • Salinger once said, " Some of my best friends are children. In fact all of my best friends are kids. It's almost unbearable for me to realize that my book will be kept

on a shelf out of their reach." So that right there says that this guy should be carefully watched.

7. Have perception of the novel changed throughout time? If so, how?

  • The perceptions of the novel have not changed, and the novel was protested by public catholic schools in the 40s and 50s.

8. What were some of the reviews on Catcher when the novel first appeared in

bookstores? Why did people feel this way about the novel?

  • J.D. had a lot of time on his hands when he made this one, Alienated kid comes to New York wanders around and goes to the Museum of Nature and History and finds his Mom? People felt this way because it made no sense.

9. Why do readers and critics feel so much animosity towards Salinger's characters?

  • Salinger's characters are usually described as "whiny" or really "emotional" and some have obsessive behavior. J.D. Salinger was known for his controversial characters and plots.
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I used this picture to portray the lonely Holden that is present throughout the book. At the beginning of the book when there's a football game going on, he completey isolates himself from the rest of the fans attending he sits on a hill all alone watching the game below.
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Holden is described as a kid who doesn't give a crap about anything, he's a rebellious kid with a lying habbit. This picture portrays that rebellious part of holden. In the book they mention cigarettes, back in the 1950's smoking ciggs for teenage boys was the "thing" media such as this book influenced them to do so.
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Holden leaves pencey early because he feels very alone and depressed being there. HE packs his belongings and leaves pencey. He travels alone to new york and stays at a hotel. In modern days we see many cast away teenagers just as golden is portrayed in the book.
(pg.54) Holden tries to fit in to be with some girls. In today's society we see this scenario all the time where someone pretends to be someone they're not just for the approval of someone.
(pg.22) Holden's hat he describes it as a "people shooting hat. He says that to scare people away simply because he doesn't want to be around people .
(pg.69) after leaving Pencey Holden does not know were to go next. That's very similar today's youth. Live for the day and whatever comes later comes, not thinking about the consequences.


True or False

  1. Some of Salinger's best friends are kids.
  2. This book is about a murder who kills singers.
  3. When John Lennon was shot the assassin had the book.
  4. Holden graduated from Pencey and became a nurse.
  5. Cigarettes were cool in the 1950s.
  6. Holden acts/ feels really lonely during the book.
  7. Some people believe that this book made no sense.
  8. J.D Salinger's characters are usually labeled as "whiny" and "emotional."
  9. Holden killed Ackley because he was annoying, that is why he left Pencey.
  10. This book was made for adults, and what they encounter in life.


  1. True
  2. False
  3. True
  4. False
  5. True
  6. True
  7. True
  8. True
  9. False
  10. False