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!