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The Catcher in the Rye Study Guide Student Name: A bildungs- what??? J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is a classic bildungsroman, or coming-of-age novel. The main character, Holden Caulfield, feels great angst, struggling to connect with other people and find his place in the world. Unfortunately, Holden experiences many challenges ranging from the death of a family member to trouble in school. Through it all, Holden attempts to make sense of the world in which he lives, just as you do every day. Be a Better Reader As you work through the study guide for The Catcher in the Rye , you’ll also practice these skills, which will help you when you read novels in the future, for school assignments or just for fun. 1. Describe the development of the main character. 2. Discuss how the plot develops throughout the novel. 3. Describe themes in the novel and trace their development throughout the text. 4. Cite textual evidence to support discussion of the novel. 5. Discuss how point of view affects the content of the novel. Behind the Scenes J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most popular and most challenged books of the 20 th century. Since being published in 1951, the novel has been translated into most languages and sold over 65 million copies. It has been named to Time ’s list of the 100 best English language novels written since 1923 and called one of the best English novels of the 20 th century by Modern Library. While many teens identify with the novel, it consistently ranks in the Top Ten list of most challenged books for its vulgar language and depictions of sexuality, drinking, and smoking. Unfortunately, several disturbed individuals have identified so clearly with the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, they cited him when committing brutal crimes, including John Hinckley Jr.’s assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and Mark David Chapman’s shooting of Ex-Beatle John Lennon. Get This! 1. Notice how Holden’s mental state fluctuates throughout the novel and assess his mental stability for yourself. 2. Look for patterns in the way Holden interacts with other people and decide if he seems more at ease with some people more than others. 3. Holden expresses numerous frustrations and irritations with society and his surroundings. Think about how much you agree or disagree with Holden’s observations.
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