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Catcher in the Rye
Transcript of Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger He decides to travel to New York before going home to stay by himself. Holden has recently
been expelled from
his school, Pencey
Prep Formalist Critical Approach Title When Holden's sister, Phoebe, asks
him what he wants to do with his life, he states that he wants to be a "catcher in the rye". By being a "catcher in the rye",
he wants to protect children
playing in a field of rye on a cliff.
Holden wants to catch children
before they fall out of their innocence.
He does not want them to gain
knowledge of the adult world. "Catcher in the Rye" is based
on Robert Burn's "Comin' Thro'
the Rye". Setting The novel takes
place in the 1950's
after World War II. The novel begins at Holden's
school, Pencey Prep. As the story
Holden goes to
where most of
is taken place. Synopsis The novel is narrated by a young
man named Holden Caulfield. Main Characters Holden Caulfield Protagonist and narrator of the novel
Has recently been expelled from his school
Finds hypocrisy of world surrounding him unbearable Phoebe Caulfield Holden's younger sister
Loved dearly by Holden for being able to understand him
Childish innocence is admired by Holden Genre "Catcher in the Rye" is
a coming-of-age novel Stylistic Devices Stylistic device is a technique used by an author to give an auxiliary meaning, idea, or feeling in the elements of language. Metaphor A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
"That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all" - Holden Caulfield
Holden refers to himself as a "catcher in the rye". Allusion A brief reference, explicit or indirect, to a person, place or event, or to another literary work or passage.
"Catcher in the Rye" is based on Robert Burn's "Comin' Thro' The Rye".
Holden hears a little boy singing "Comin' Tho' The Rye" while walking down a street
He tells Phoebe that he wants to be a "catcher in the rye".
Holden mishears the lyrics, thinking that the line is “If a body catch a body comin’ through the rye,” but the actual lyric is “If a body meet a body, coming through the rye.” Point of View The perspective from which a speaker or writer recounts a narrative or presents information.
Novel is told in first-person point of view.
First-person point of view helps emphasize the protagonist's emotions. Structure "Catcher in the Rye" begins in a mental facility where Holden tells the audience what happened to him before his mental breakdown. Contrasting/Conflicting Forces Holden Caulfield's hypocrisy is a
contrasting force. Theme Theme of Growing Up Holden tries to resist the
process of maturity in
himself. Theme of innocence Holden believes that growing
up will rid the virtue of
innocence. As people grow up, they are more exposed to the "real" world (drugs, alcohol, adultery). Holden is trying to resist maturity
and wants Phoebe to remain naive
and free. He wants the world to be
"fixed" for everything to be easily
understandable in the eyes of children.
He believes that adulthood is filled with
hypocrisy. Theme of loneliness "Catcher in the Rye" is based
on Holden's search for
companionship. Holden is truly lonely
and is insecure. However, Holden lacks
the social knowledge to create and
maintain relationships. (ex, Carl
Luce, Sally Hayes). Holden feels as though he has
lost his innocence after the death
of his younger brother, Allie. The death
of Allie has created a desire to protect
the innocence of others. He could not
handle Allie's death in a mature matter.
He began to hate life for being unfair
because Allie did not deserve to die. Symbols Red Hunting Hat Represents isolation from society,
as well as independence and
individuality. Holden bought the hat
because it was different and unique. Museum Holden enjoys going to the
museum because the exhibits
are frozen and unchanging.
Museum exhibits are simple,
understandable, and infinite.
Shows how Holden thinks that
innocence and youth should
remain forever. Carousal Carousal represents carefree
days of childhood. Holden lets
Phoebe ride on the carousal, which makes him cry. J.D. Salinger Key Terms The term "phony" is used many times
by the protagonist. End The novel is narrated by a young
man named Holden Caulfield. Agenda 1. Title
2. Author information
4. Formalist Critical Approach
7. Main Characters
8. Key Terms
10. Stylistic Devices
11. Contrasting Forces
13. Book Title
A figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind
“That guy Morrow was about as sensitive as a goddam toilet seat” - Holden Caulfield Simile