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Possible Paper Prompts Ultimately, what is Salinger’s message about childhood and adulthood? What elements of the book support this theme? Analyze Holden as a character. Do you think he is morally good? Why or why not? Which actions/reflections support your position? Ultimately, what is Salinger’s message about communication? What does Holden try to do for the entire novel? What stops him? Ultimately, what is Salinger’s critique of society? How do Holden’s opinions about adult phoniness, religion, and class contribute to the overall message about society? How is Holden better able to see these flaws? Sample Intro Paragraph J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye
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Unformatted text preview: tells the heart-wrenching story of a young teenagers battle to fit in with the world around him. Although Holden Caulfields privileged life at home and at Pencey Prep is seemingly ideal, he struggles to find meaning as he travels throughout New York City witnessing human behavior that depresses him. Some of the issues that most trouble Holden are adult phoniness, religious dogma, and class inequality. Because of Holdens brothers death, and his own acute intelligence, Holden is better able to see societal flaws. Unfortunately, he never truly forgives society for its flaws, remains very jaded at the end of the novel, and never finds a place that he belongs....
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2011 for the course LIT 341 taught by Professor Lisle during the Fall '10 term at Grand Valley State University.

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