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Ch 2: The Catcher in the Rye: Analysis & Criticism

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the analysis and criticism of The Catcher in the Rye for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • The reasons why The Catcher in the Rye is a classic
  • The definitions of bildungsroman and coming of age
  • Quotes about depression in the novel
  • A discussion of the Coming of Age novel
  • Feelings toward phonies in the book
  • Literary criticism of The Catcher in the Rye
  • Controversy over the novel
  • Books with similar plots, tones and themes

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: The Catcher in the Rye: Analysis & Criticism
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Why is The Catcher in the Rye a Classic?

1. Why is The Catcher in the Rye a Classic?

'The Catcher in the Rye' has been among the most influential American books since its publication in 1951. This lesson examines what makes Salinger's novel an American classic.

Bildungsroman: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

2. Bildungsroman: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' was one, so was 'Great Expectations' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' In this lesson, we will learn what a Bildungsroman is and how characters like Holden Caulfield and Johnny Tremain overcame childhood obstacles on the way to growing up.

Coming of Age Novel: Definition & Examples

3. Coming of Age Novel: Definition & Examples

Growing up is hard to do. In this lesson, we will take a look at coming of age novels, including how a boy named Holden fought teenage angst and a little girl named Scout dealt with racism in the South.

Quotes on Depression in The Catcher in The Rye

4. Quotes on Depression in The Catcher in The Rye

''The Catcher in the Rye'' by J.D. Salinger is a novel about a teenage boy who is consumed by depression. In this lesson, we will take a closer look at depression through the eyes of Holden Caulfield.

Phoniness in The Catcher in the Rye

5. Phoniness in The Catcher in the Rye

'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger is a novel about a boy who is falling apart as he clings to his childhood. Not wanting to grow up to be a phony, Holden Caulfield tries to avoid growing up at all. In this lesson, we'll learn more about phoniness according to Holden.

The Catcher in the Rye: Literary Criticism

6. The Catcher in the Rye: Literary Criticism

This lesson briefly explores the historical context as well as positive and negative views of JD Salinger's novel ''The Catcher in the Rye''. We'll also explore common comparisons between ''The Catcher in the Rye'' and other works of literature.

Catcher in the Rye Banned: Controversy & Explanation

7. Catcher in the Rye Banned: Controversy & Explanation

''The Catcher in the Rye'' by J.D. Salinger has been the center of controversy since its publication in 1951. In this lesson, we'll learn some of the reasons why it has been one of the most frequently banned books in U.S. history.

Books Similar to The Catcher in the Rye

8. Books Similar to The Catcher in the Rye

'The Catcher in the Rye' is a coming of age novel with themes of sadness, isolation, and loss of innocence. In this lesson, we will look at novels and characters that take a journey to happiness similar to J. D. Salinger's character Holden Caulfield.

Personification in The Catcher in the Rye

9. Personification in The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger uses a great deal of figurative language in ''The Catcher in the Rye'' to explain the thoughts of Holden Caulfield as he teeters on the edge of sanity. In this lesson, we will learn more about the use of personification in this novel.

The Catcher in the Rye Vocabulary Words

10. The Catcher in the Rye Vocabulary Words

This lesson will explore some of the more difficult vocabulary words from J.D. Salinger's 'The Catcher In The Rye'. We will define a list of these words in the order they appear in the novel.

The Catcher in the Rye Vocabulary Words Flashcards

The Catcher in the Rye Vocabulary Words Flashcards

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is an American classic. This set of flashcards will expose you to many of the difficult vocabulary words that arise throughout the novel and help you gain a deeper understanding of the text.

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