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The Catcher In the Rye Presentation
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Images from Shutterstock.com Stages of Grief 1) Denial and Isolation 2) Anger Is Catcher In The Rye still Relevant To Today's Teenagers? The Catcher In The Rye By J.D. Salinger Group Project By:
Emma Akuffo J.D Salinger's character Holden Caulfield is supposed to depict the average teenager. Is it outdated, no, some aspects of the story of Holden can parallel our own experiences today. Especially concerning the grief. As readers we've all gone through a loss of some sort. We watch as Holden goes through the stages of grief which can still be applicable to today. "What I did, I started talking, sort of out loud, to Allie. I do that sometimes when I get very depressed..."(Chap.14 pg. 98) "The first reaction to learning of terminal illness or death of a cherished loved one is to deny the reality of the situation...We block out the words and hide from the facts." ( Axelrod). Holden knows Allie is dead, but deep down he hasn't accepted it. He speaks so nonchalantly about speaking to his dead brother. As we peer into Holden's mind we see how disconnected he is with reality. He does this as a defense mechanism to protect him from grief. Connection With Today:
It's normal to be numb after hearing about a death. How many times has a famous person died, a family member passed away. And we deny the truth to avoid the finality. "I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I don't blame them. I really don't. I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it. I even tried to break all the windows on the station wagon we had that summer, but my hand was already broken and everything by that time, and I couldn't do it" Anger is a normal reaction towards death as teens it's a hard reality check. That makes us realize we're not all invincible. Holden expresses himself the only way he knows how by lashing out like all of us have done in frustration. ( Chap.5 pg. 39) The intense emotion is deflected from our vulnerable core, redirected and expressed instead as anger...The anger may be aimed at inanimate objects, complete strangers, friends or family. ( Axelrod) 3. Bargaining "Allie, don't let me disappear. Allie, don't let me disappear. Allie, don't let me disappear. Please, Allie." Chapter 25 pg.198 4. Depression. "I still had that headache. It was even worse. And I think I was more depressed than I ever was in my whole life. ( Chapter 25.pg. 194) "Anyway, I'm sort of glad they've got the atomic bomb invented. If there's ever another war, I'm going to sit right the hell on top of it. I'll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will." ( Chapter 18. pg 141.) As readers we realize that Holden is in fact mentally unstable, and the grief he's going through causes him to go through a deep depression. Even fantasizing his own death. But its normal and its during this stage of grief that people seek out help like counseling. 5. Acceptance This phase is marked by withdrawal and calm. This is not a period of happiness and must be distinguished from depression. (Axelrod) "Allie's dead – You always say that! If somebody's dead and everything, and in Heaven, then it isn't really–"
"I know he's dead! Don't you think I know that? I can still like him, though, can't I? Just because somebody's dead, you don't just stop liking them, for God's sake – especially if they were about a thousand times nicer than the people you know that're alive and all.(Chapter 22 page. 171) This can be described as Holden Caulfield's break through. His younger sister Phoebe, who has a much better grasp of the situation, gives Holden a reality check. Something he's always needed. The withdrawn and cynical way Holden writes about his "madman" experiences shows the readers he's accepted his grief and is moving away from it. Conclusion Anyone can make a strong argument for why The Catcher in the Rye is outdated, but you can still take things out of this story and make it relatable to teens going through a loss. When we read Holden's story we become aware of the symptoms and are able to easily identify his instability. Hence this book helps us recognize the instability in others too. To further this point this book was made around the 50s, but " The five stages of grief", Which can be applied to the book was developed around 1969. Something that is still used today. Work Cited: 1) Axelrod, Julie. "The 5 Stages of Loss and Grief." Psych Central.com. Psych Central, 2006. Web. 10 Apr. 2013. 2.) Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. Print.