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  • 1. Catcher in the Rye By J.D.Salinger
  • 2. The Real J.D
  • 3. Background Info
    • Salinger was born in New York City in 1919
    • Upper middle class and attended private schools
    • Managed the fencing team in high school, but flunked out of academics
    • Enrolled in a military academy where he began writing stories
  • 4. Catcher in the Rye published in 1953
    • Other works –Nine Stories (1953), Franny and Zooey (1961)
    • Salinger became involved in Zen mysticism
    • Became reclusive and hostile towards media and outsiders
  • 5. Themes in Catcher
    • Immaturity
    • Responsibility
    • Values
    • Conformity vs. individuality
    • grief
  • 6. Motifs=a theme that is repeated
    • Recovering from the death of his brother
    • Deception
    • Coping with parental and school authority
    • Defending the vulnerable
    • Accepting help for emotional illness
  • 7. Literary Terms
    • Symbolism – an object that stands for a complex or abstract idea or relationship and implies more than the literal meaning of the word or words
    • First person point of view – narrative spoken by a character indicating personal motivation and events. Holden speaks his own story and we see his quirks and weaknesses. Slang and diction is another clue to his immaturity.
  • 8. Allusion
    • Allusion. A causal and brief reference to a famous historical or literary figure or event:
    • “ If you take his parking place, you can expect World War II all over again.”
    • “ Plan ahead: it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark. –”
    • Notice in these examples that the allusions are to very well known characters or events, not to obscure ones. (The best sources for allusions are literature, history, Greek myth, and the Bible.) Note also that the reference serves to explain or clarify or enhance whatever subject is under discussion, without sidetracking the reader.
  • 9. Metaphor
    • Metaphor. A comparison which imaginatively identifies one thing with another dissimilar thing, and transfers or ascribes to the first thing some of the qualities of the second. Unlike a simile or analogy, metaphor asserts that one thing is another thing, not just that one is like another. Very frequently a metaphor is invoked by the to be verb:
    • Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life." --John 6:35
    • I am the door; if anyone enters through me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. --John 10:9
    • The mind is but a barren soil; a soil which is soon exhausted and will produce no crop, or only one, unless it be continually fertilized and enriched with foreign matter. --Joshua Reynolds