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The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye
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The Catcher in the Rye Analysis
Literary Devices in The Catcher in the Rye
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
The first time we read The Catcher in the Rye, we noticed that this red hat kept cropping up, but actually, we didn't really know what to do with it. At first it just seemed a little ridiculous. Af...
Let's start with the date. Amazingly, Holden's story takes place over only three days, from Saturday afternoon to Monday around 1pm. Any big fans of the novel already know how to figure out the exa...
Narrator Point of View
I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. If I'm on the way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. (3.1)Po...
The Catcher in the Rye shows the main character's movement from a position of so-called "innocence" to one of knowledge. In this case, Holden has already lost much of his innocence and is desperate...
Much like the style, the tone of the novel is the tone of Holden Caulfield, since he's the one telling the story. We don't think we need to spin you a large defense for our use of adjectives such a...
Since Holden is narrating his own story, the style of the novel is the same as the style of his own language, which is colloquial and distinctive. He talks directly to you, as in "You'd have liked...
What's Up With the Title?
What's up indeed. The first mention we get of this mysterious catcher in this mysterious rye is when Holden overhears a little kid singing, "If a body catch a body coming through the rye." Momentar...
Holden has flunked out of Pencey.Interesting question: when you have a framed story (as you do here, with seventeen-year-old Holden telling the story), how does that fit into a Classic Plot Analysi...
Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Rebirth
Holden is portrayed as self-isolating and alienated.Booker says that in the "falling stage," the hero is "underdeveloped" and in the shadow of something "dark" that may "spring entirely from within...
Three Act Plot Analysis
Holden Caulfield gets a lecture from his old teacher about why he is flunking, fights with his roommate, and decides he doesn't need to hang around his school anymore since he's gotten the ax anywa...
OK, OK, we know this is a well-known fact, but still: Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon, was carrying a copy of The Catcher in the Rye when he was arrested. He said in his police sta...
There's plenty of sex-related material in The Catcher in the Rye. Yet, there's a lot of foreplay and not any actual sex. Holden just isn't ready to go there, and probably because sex is one of the...
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