Sunday, September 23, 2007

Catcher in the Rye 3: Coming of Age

In examining The Catcher in the Rye, we also need to carefully look at the idea of a coming-of-age novel.
Coming-of-age novels are often about characters who searching for his/her own identity and place in the world. The Catcher in the Rye deals directly with Holden's struggle to find himself and define himself in the world.

With this understanding, address the following:

1) What is Holden searching for? How does Holden define and/or differeniate himself?
2) What symbols, scenes, minor characters, etc. help inform you about his search?
3) Evaluate his search. (Is he forming a healthy identity? Is his search for self foolish or invaluable?)

Second Part - Read the two selected chapters from Chris Lynch's Inexcusable. Discuss the use of point of view in the text in relation to how the narrator defines himself. What connections, if any, can you make to The Catcher in the Rye in terms of point of view, self-definition, style, etc.?

Feel free to comment on anything you want. My questions are only your guides.

Good luck!!!! I am excited for your responses!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Catcher in the Rye - Post Two

So Holden is in New York...

In this post, I am asking you to do two things:

1 - Comment on themes or larger ideas that you notice in the text. To be able to do so, as readers, you must begin to think what is J.D. Salinger telling us about the world. (This may be different than what Holden tells us about the world)

What larger ideas do you see in the text? What message(s) are you receiving as a reader? How do symbols and tone help highlight our understanding of theme?

2 - I want you to read the very short story "Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin. Continuing our discussion of point of view and character shifts, how does the author play with our perception in this text? What are you learning about reading? What connections can you make to other texts (short stories, Catcher, summer reading, etc.) What is this text telling us about the larger world?

Good luck!!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Catcher in the Rye - Post One

For the next post, I want you to continue focusing on the idea of point of view and its influence on character. Now that you have read or are currently reading the opening of The Catcher in the Rye, tell me what have you noticed about Holden's character and his Weltanschauung (his view of the world - in academics, everyone uses the German word).

I also want you to take a look at these three song lyrics from Simon and Garfunkel. Some of you may own the album or you can download the songs at your own leisure. (Not necessary) Comment on themes or ideas that you see present in the songs. Any connections you can make to the text would be great.

The Sound of Silence
I am a Rock
Homeward Bound

Some hints on where to begin: What is our perception of Holden? What does Holden think of himself? What ideas do you see developing in the text? How does the author use the point of view in this story? Good luck!!!!

HW - Reminder - Chapters 1 to 5, eight dialectical journal entries for Monday. Draft of Essay due Wednesday. My email is in the profile section, if you have questions. Don't be overwhelmed!!!!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Girl by Jamaica Kincaid

Follow the link and read the following story "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid.

Then, continue the discussion about point of view and characterization, using this piece, "Bullet in the Brain", and/or "The Last Judgment".
For "Girl", a good starting point is to think about "both" characters in this piece and what they are like. But, don't limit your reaction to that.

Overall question: In these pieces, how do the authors create their characters? How do they shift them (the characters) by using other characters, altering the point of view, tone, etc.? What is your overall impression of the work or the characters?

Good luck. Be sure to reference the text when commenting.

(PS - Period Two, since you are little ahead, avoid the temptation to reference the Salinger story.)