The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger Pre-Requisite Reading Guide Map of Setting Create a map of Holden’s adventures Should include the major events that took place Include page numbers of the major events Holden’s state of mind during his journey with specific quotes as evidence Characters Complete the following chart Character Description Circumstances Holden’s feelings Phoebe Caulfield D.B. Caulfield Allie Caulfield Ward Stradlater Robert Ackley Jane Gallagher Mr. Spencer Sally Hayes Two Nuns Ernie Sunny Maurice Mr. Antolini Point of View Who is the narrator of the book? Describe the narrator Is the narrator reliable? Why or why not? How would the story change if it were told from another’s perspective (Holden’s parents, for example)? Adolescent Egocentrism Go http://www.ronaldmah.com. Click on “handouts,” and scroll down to the link for information on “Adolescent Egocentrism.” Read the psychological worksheet explaining the concept of “Adolescent Egocentrism.” Explain if/how Holden possesses each characteristic of Adolescent Egocentrism (finding fault with authority figures, argumentativeness, self-consciousness, self-centeredness, indecisiveness, apparent hypocrisy). Find five (5) examples from the book to support your assertions. Explain each example. Symbolism Complete the following chart to further understand symbolism in the book Symbol Page #s Literal Meaning Symbolically Allie’s baseball glove The hunting cap The ducks in the lagoon The carousel Further Reading Go to the Springfield Township High School Library website. Click on Catalogs and Databases, and then click on Galenet Student Resource Center Gold. Perform a keyword search for “fallen idol.” Read the article “The Fallen Idol: The Immature World of Holden Caulfield” by Peter J. Seng. What does this add to your understanding of the novel?
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