Day 5

The Catcher in the Rye Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why does it depress Holden more when Phoebe notices the state he's in?

    It's one thing for Holden to acknowledge that he's "crazy" or that thing depress him, but it's another to hear from his little sister that he doesn't like anything in the entire world. Now he knows that she has noticed, and he likely feels ashamed and also guilty that she has had to share in his pain.

  2. 2

    Why does it bother Holden so much to see profanity written on the walls of Phoebe's school?

    This is another example of the adult world colliding with the world of innocent children, and Holden finds that he can't do anything about it. No matter how many...

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