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The Influence of JD Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye"

English project
by Sadie Downing on 21 September 2012

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Transcript of The Influence of JD Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye"

By Sadie Downing, Emmy Hurley, Karyna Gonzalez,
Cheyenne Fonteno, Isaac Serratos, Kieran Winskill
and Lorielle Dattilo .:Catcher's Influence:. At one point "Catcher in the Rye" was the number one banned book in high schools because it was said to have a bad influence of the students. Now it is a one of the books they recommend you read because of all the things he goes through and how he thinks about people. What lasting influence has The Catcher in the Rye had on American culture? The book has been connected to three major murders including the killing of John Lennen. Mark Chapman murdered him with the book "Catcher in the Rye" in his pocket and after he shot John Lennon four times he sat down and read the book. His reason for killing John Lennon when asked in the trial was because he thought he was "phony" and talked about being non-materialistic when he was. John Lennen dieing was a huge deal when it happened and still is today for some people, if he hadn't of died what could he have accomplished? Ethan Hawke in "Dead Poets Society",
Jake Gyllenhaal in "The Good Girl" and
Toby Maguire in "The Ice Stem". What other examples of the "Holden" archetype are in modern media? The people who usually really like this novel are outcasts. This could be because they feel very alone and can relate to the book. What trends do you see in the types of people who are drawn to the novel? Why could this be?
It is referenced so much because it has popular themes that don't change such as alienation, uncertainty growing up (which way you want to take your life) and normal teenage problems like: pimples, difficulty in school, fitting in, and getting a girlfriend or vice versa. It also makes you think of how other teens think not just you. i am nothing like the main character.

It holds a central role because many can still relate to it.

I personally do not think this role is deserved because yes it was a relatable book back then but there have been many other books that are more recent, more in tune with the kids today, and better written not taking the easy way of stream writing or something. Why do you think the Catcher in the Rye is so constantly referenced? Why does it hold such a central role in our culture? Is this role deserved? John Hinckley Jr., the would-be assassin of Ronald Reagan,
and Mark David Chapman, the killer of John Lennon,
both had copies of the book and used them as their explanation
for why they committed these crimes. Hpw are a presidential attempted assassination and the murder of John Lennon associated to Catcher in the Rye? Why and How does Catcher fit into the banned book classification? Salinger once said; "Some of my best friends are children. In fact, all of my best friends are children. It's almost unbearable for me to realize that my book will be kept on a shelf out of their reach."
Catcher in the Rye has been a favorite of censors since it's publication due to excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, moral issues, and violence. A community in Columbus, Ohio deemed the book "Anti-White", and in 1960 a high school teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma was fired for assigning the book to his 11th grade English class. Perceptions of the novel have not changed much in time from some people. The novel was once protested in public Catholic schools and deemed "inappropriate" in the 40s and 50s. For many readers, however, the book is now widely venerated as a symbol of freedom from censorship and remains one of the best literary works pertaining to the English language and psychological context. Have perceptions of the novel changed throughout time? If so, how? "J.D had alot of time on his hands when he made this one!"

"Holden Cualfield is in a psychoanylyst's office telling about a few days he spent in New York after leaving boarding school. He rants about society's hypocrisy and selfishness."

"Alienated kid comes to New York, wanders around, checks out the Museum of Natural History to see his Mummie."

The book received much backlash when it first arrived on the shelves in bookstores, from both common readers as well as critics. Many mocked and jeered at Salinger's new work, as well as criticizing it for its abundant use of inappropriate language, as well as focus on character development rather than a plot. Many felt this way due to moral controversy within the book, and an overall lack of the want to look at the "big picture" of the novel. However, it is now one of the most highly praised literary works that regard the subject of teenage angst and depression. What were some of the reviews on Catcher when the novel first appeared in bookstores? Why did people feel this way about the novel? Salinger's characters are often portrayed as "whiny" or "emotional", as many would say. Some tend to be obsessive in behavior, and others present mental instability or moral issues that many question or feel strongly against such ideals given in the novel.
J.D. Salinger was noted for his controversial characters and plots. Though the book is now regarded as a magnificent classic, Catcher in the Rye is still the novel for which he received an abundance of backlash. Why do readers and critics feel so much animosity towards Salinger's characters?
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