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									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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