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  • 1. A report by: Carlos V. Ronquillo
  • 2.    I don’t read that often, but if I find a book that I get interested in, it gets hard to make me stop reading. I mostly read fantasy, sci-fi and fiction books but again, if the book interests me I can sort of read any kind of book. My favourite books would definitely have to be the series of A Song of Ice and Fire.
  • 3.  In my opinion, literature would have to be any form of writing that would be captivating enough for me to read, understand, enjoy and maybe learn from. Although other works may be considered literature by others, for me if the text is not understandable I wouldn’t even consider it to be literature. (Although that’s a bad opinion it’s the truth in my case)
  • 4.  I found this book to be a work of literature since it was very understandable and provided a point of view that isn’t shown very often. It changed my perspective on some things (can’t say what.) And although on the outside this book appears to just be about a teenager and his problems, if you actually paid attention to what you were reading, you might figure out that there is more to it than meets the eye.
  • 5.   I read it once before, but never really quite understood its significance. Now seemed like a good opportunity to actually finish the novel and analyze it. I remember slightly changing the way that I acted after this book because for a while I actually looked up to the main character.
  • 6.  J.D. Salinger was an American writer who mainly wrote short stories but rose to fame after the publication of his book “The Catcher in the Rye.” However he had a relatively troubled life even after all the fame, with his first wife being somewhat crazy after the birth of his daughter. He is survived by his daughter Margaret Salinger
  • 7.   A 1951 novel by author J.D. Salinger that was surprisingly meant to be for older audiences but became popular with the younger ones. Basically it’s about a young adolescent; Holden Caulfield who like many teenagers, feels that it’s him against the world. He drops out of school and goes to New York and (I’d hate to say it but) more or less finds himself.
  • 8.   Time: 1950’s Place: Rest home in California, Pencey Prep in Agerstown Pennsylvania and New York City
  • 9.  Exposition ▪ Holden is introduced as an intelligent but lazy student. This is evident by him already stating that he had dropped out of schools and will drop out of his current school. He gets into a fight with his room-mate and looses which appears to influence his decision to simply go to New York.
  • 10.  Rising Action(s) ▪ Holden has many experiences in New York City which eventually lead him to his breakdown. He goes out on a date, watches a Christmas show, watches a movie, drinks and breaks a gift that he got for his sister.
  • 11.  Climax ▪ When Holden realizes that he wants to be a “catcher in the rye” or someone that saves children from the evils of adulthood. Holden decides to go home at this point.
  • 12.  Falling Action ▪ Holden visits his former old teacher; Mr. Antolini who offers him advice in life but is (in my opinion) a bit sketchy as he offers Holden drinks. Holden wakes up to Mr. Antolini making advances towards him and hurriedly leaves.
  • 13.  Resolution ▪ Holden goes home and experiences a mental breakdown. He is then sent to a psychiatric hospital in California for treatment.
  • 14.  Holden Caulfield The sixteen year-old narrator whose experiences form the action of the novel. He seems to have a history of expulsion and failure at various prep schools because of his inability to adjust to institutional life and the world in general.
  • 15.  Phoebe Holden’s younger sister, whom he loves and respects completely. She is ten, but very clever and passionate. Throughout the book, Holden thinks Phoebe is the only person in the world who understands and loves him completely. Towards the end of the plot, he is disappointed that Phoebe scolds him for being expelled from school and questions what he is going to do with his life. She makes it up to him, however, when she packs her suitcase and wants to run away with him.
  • 16.  Allie Holden’s younger brother who died of leukemia on July 18, 1946. Allie was extremely close to Holden, and Holden believes that Allie was "about fifty times as intelligent" as anyone Holden has ever known. Allie had a fielder’s mitt that he had written poems all over in green ink, to give him something to read when he was in the outfield all alone.
  • 17.  Mr. Antolini Holden’s English teacher from Elkton Hills who is now teaching at New York University. Holden holds him in the highest regard and believes him to be a guardian of morality. In his hour of need, Holden goes to Mr. Antolini for help but woke up to what appeared to be sexual advances.
  • 18.  Ward Stradlater Holden’s roommate at Pencey Prep who is fairly conceited. He is a good-looking prep school athlete with a history of having sex with girls. He has a date with Holden’s long time crush in the beginning of the novel and fights with Holden when he returns from that date.
  • 19.  Robert Ackley A boy who stays in the room next to Holden’s at Pencey Prep. He is, according to Holden, a "terrific bore" and a "slob" in personal hygiene. However, Holden is in his own way quite sympathetic toward Ackley and at times even seeks his company.
  • 20.   Maurice The elevator operator at the hotel in which Holden stays. He is also a pimp. Sunny The young prostitute that Maurice sends to Holden room. Though she seems very young, she is very businesslike and smart. Holden does not have sex with her but instead seems to view her as a person instead of an object to have sex with.
  • 21.  Man vs Himself  Holden appears to view himself as being better than others. Although he clearly has problems it seems that he fails to recognize them until later on.
  • 22.  The story is told in the first person point of view. ▪ This point of view is of great importance because it gives people insight as to what Holden would be thinking and feeling while the events unfold before him. It helps you to somewhat empathize with him and also analyze what might be going on “in between the lines.”
  • 23.  The catcher in the rye ▪ This metaphor is derived from the song “Comin’ Thro the Rye.” It describes a “catcher” in a rye field who stops children from running off the cliff that the rye field is on. Holden thinks that this is his job in the future with him the edge of the cliff symbolizing the “phoniness” of adulthood.
  • 24.  The Red Hunting Hat ▪ Many times in the novel Holden points out that he is conscious about his hat and its’ appearance but for some reason still wears it. This could symbolize Holden’s longing for companionship but his resistance to it as well.
  • 25.  In my opinion the theme of this the “phoniness” of the world (especially the adult world) ▪ Phony is probably the most popular word from the novel. Holden always observes the “phoniness” around him especially in adults. An interesting point though is that although he seems to be very good at recognizing other people’s “phoniness,” he can’t seem to find his own faults. It appears as though he thinks that he’s right or benevolent in almost everything. He uses this as an excuse to be even more isolated from the world.