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by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye study guide contains a biography of J.D. Salinger, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

Holden Caulfield, the narrator of The Catcher in the Rye, begins with an authoritative statement that he does not intend the novel to serve as his life story. Currently in psychiatric care, this teenager recalls what happened to him last Christmas. This story forms the basis for his narrative. At the beginning of his story, Holden is a student at Pencey Prep School, irresponsible and immature. Having been expelled for failing four out of his five classes, Holden goes to see Mr. Spencer, his history teacher, before he leaves Pencey. Mr. Spencer advises him that he must realize that “life is a game” and one should “play it according to the rules,” but the sixteen-year-old, who has already left four private schools, dismisses much of what…

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Posted By tasia r #334424 at Aug 04, 2014 5:17 PM

Does
 Holden
 fall 
as 
Mr.
Antolini 
suggests?

If 
so, 
does
 he 
keep
 falling
 or 
does 
he
 “hit” 
bottom 
and 
begin
 to 
climb?
 
How
 is 
the 
theme 
of 
“falling” 
played 
out 
in 
the
 novel?

The Catcher in the Rye | Answers: 1

 

Posted By tasia r #334424 at Aug 04, 2014 5:17 PM

Does
 Holden
 fall 
as 
Mr.
Antolini 
suggests?

If 
so, 
does
 he 
keep
 falling
 or 
does 
he
 “hit” 
bottom 
and 
begin
 to 
climb?
 
How
 is 
the 
theme 
of 
“falling” 
played 
out 
in 
the
 novel?

The Catcher in the Rye | Answers: 0

 

Posted By tasia r #334424 at Aug 03, 2014 11:11 PM

What's up with Holden ?

How 
would
 you
 describe 
him?

If
 you 
are 
the
 analyst/counselor
 to 
whom
 he 
relates 
his
 story, 
how 
would
 you 
assess/diagnose
 him?

The Catcher in the Rye | Answers: 1