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The Catcher in the Rye

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Rebecca Carlson

on 2 December 2012

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Transcript of The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger: Autobiographical Elements in The Catcher in the Rye Childhood - J.D. Salinger grew up in New York City in the 1920s and 1930s
- Much of "The Catcher in the Rye" is set in New York and Holden grew up there Young Adult Adulthood Like Holden, Salinger loved children and the innocent, as well as detesting hypocrites. Tous Les Gens Faux
Rob My Mind
Rebecca I Don't Care
Joe Some days my mind is a galaxy
stately and sedate
my thoughts just lonely planets
orbiting a star.

But most days my mind is a hurricane
buffeting my thoughts
wildly to and fro as I
clutch my sanity.

Yet when I try to tell
of this turmoil inside
of this impending tragedy
of this inferno blazing bright
I find myself a mute
unable to explain. I cannot tell you why
I am the way I am
I cannot tell you why
my mind is so distressed
trying never helps.

One day I think I’ll write
my thoughts down in a book
I’ll pin them down with ink
so they cannot escape.

And maybe you will read
my story and finally see
that behind this mask is a person
longing to be free
from this prison that is
my mind. Smooth, suave, seasoned, my poise unmatched
With broken hearts I’m always copin’
Never becoming too attached
Forever keeping options open

To apply myself they implore
About school I just can not seem to care
I don’t want to talk anymore
This topic is too much for me to bear

Smothered by hypocrisy I drown
In a sea of phonies alone I wait
The bigotry I see weighs me down
Down - until I suffocate Excluded with a different view
Ignoring all the superficial
The world for me - slightly askew
I recognize the prejudicial

All stands still- their lives so shallow
In a haze stand I, not understanding
How they can all be so callow
(My immaturity notwithstanding) "Daddy'll kill you."
Boy, she really gets something on her mind when she gets something on her mind.
"No, he won't. The worst he'll do, he'll give me hell again, and then he'll send me to that goddam military school. - Salinger, or Sonny as he was known as child, wasn't much of a student and he flunked out of the McBurney School near his home in New York's Upper West Side. He was shipped off by his parents to Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania
- Holden also flunked out of five schools and his parents threatened to send him to a military school, just like Salinger As a matter of fact, my father was a Catholic once. He quit, though, when he married my mother. - J.D. Salinger's father was Jewish and his mother was Catholic. His parents, like Holden's, didn't get along very well - In 1939, Salinger started taking night classes at Columbia University. There, his English professor, Whit Burnett changed his life. Burnett pushed Salinger to write and helped him publish his early works in Story, the magazine he edited

- Like Salinger, Holden was very close to his English teacher, Mr. Antolini, who was one of the only adults in the story to really listen to him - After Pearl Harbor, Salinger was drafted into the army, which he served with from 1942-1944. During this time, however, Salinger continued to write, and wrote a few stories about a deeply unsatisfied young man named Holden Caulfield - Holden mentions that his brother D.B. also served in the army. Salinger, like D.B., suffered emotionally after the war I am a dash man and not a miler, and it is probable that I will never write a novel. So far the novels of this war have had too much of the strength, maturity and craftsmanship critics are looking for, and too little of the glorious imperfections which teeter and fall off the best minds. The men who have been in this war deserve some sort of trembling melody rendered without embarrassment or regret.
- J.D. Salinger He was in the war, too--he landed on D-Day and all--but I really think he hated the Army worse than the war. I was practically a child at the time, but I remember when he used to come home on furlough and all, all he did was lie on his bed, practically. - When Salinger had his nervous breakdown after the war, he was hospitalized for awhile, like Holden in the end of the book. I'm aware that many of my friends will be saddened and shocked, or shock-saddened, over some of the chapters in The Catcher in the Rye. Some of my best friends are children. In fact, all 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. Repulsed by the publicity given to Catcher in the Rye, Salinger retreated to New Hampshire to live in seclusion, no longer producing many literary works I love to write and I assure you I write regularly … But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it.
J.D. Salinger Like Holden, Salinger hated those who he saw as "selling out" to society, and similar to Holden, had misgivings about sharing his story - After WWII, Salinger "runs away" to America after hastily marrying Sylvia Welter, a French woman he met during the war Like Holden, Salinger hated Hollywood, beginning with the throbbing melodrama "My Foolish Heart," a rewrite of one of his stories from the New Yorker - This resembles Holden's rash proposal to Sally to just "get the hell out of here" and run away with him somewhere My name is Holden Caufield
And life isn't fair
My personality has become my shield
and I don't care

I am a broken man
holding on by a strand of hair
I have no idea, no plan
and I don't care No honor, no love, no compassion
There's no heart, only a lair
Everything done in a poor fashion
and I don't care

I'm abandoned and lonely
Giving my heart one large tear
Everyone is a goddamn phony
and I don't care

I'm a Catcher in the Rye
Only for the innocent's welfare
I shall hold them high
and only then shall I care An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's
-J.D. Salinger We'll stay in these cabin camps and stuff like that till the dough runs out. Then, when the dough runs out, I could get a job somewhere and we could live somewhere with a brook and all and, later on, we could get married or something. I'm sorry I told so many people about it.
-Catcher in the Rye
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