The Catcher in the Rye | Study Guide

J. D. Salinger

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the-catcher-in-the-rye-jd-salingerSources:, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History,PBS Online, Time MagazineCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.on't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.Holden, Chapter 25The Catcher in the Ryeby the NumbersEstimated number of copies sold worldwide~65MNumber of other novels Salinger published0First time the character Holden Caulfield appears in one of Salingers stories, 10 years before The Catcher in the Rye is released1941AuthorJ.D. Salinger1951EnglishNovelAuthorYear PublishedOriginal Language"The catcher in the rye"The phrase sums up Holdens desire to protect innocence.Alienation and Identity Holden's loneliness parallels the alienation many teenagers face as they search for identity and belonging.DucksHolden's obsession with where ducks in Central Park go in the winter symbolizes his anxiety about impermanence.Holden Caulfield16-year-old narrator;distrusts the adult worldPhoebe CaulfieldHoldens little sister;the only person he trustsAllie CaulfieldHoldens little brother;died of leukemiaSally HayesAttractive girl; dates Holden off and onMr. AntoliniHolden's teacher; warmly offers to help HoldenJane GallagherHoldens neighbor; becomes jealous over herJ.D. Salinger wrote short stories before serving in World War II. Salinger spent the next decade writing his only novel, The Catcher in the Rye, which was an instant success despite its controversy. Uncomfortable with media attention brought on by the book's success, Salinger became a recluse.J.D. SALINGER 19192010FictionPhoniness Holden uses the term to describe the hypocritical nature of adults.Sex Holden's conflicting views of sex and his treatment of women leave him feeling alienated and alone.Childhood Holden considers adults flawed and fake, but young children as pure and innocent.SymbolsMain CharactersTransition and American AdolescenceTHEMESSet in the 1940s, the coming-of-age story deals with confusion, loneliness, alienation, depression, and sexuality—all seen through the eyes of a cynical teenager. Holden Caulfield is an iconic character who represents the transition between childhood and adulthood as he