The Catcher in the RyeCharacterization & Point of View in CatcherInstructionsPlease respond to the following questions regarding The Catcher in the Rye..
I’m working on a English exercise and need support.Discussion 2: The Catcher in the RyeCharacterization & Point of View in CatcherInstructionsPlease respond to the following questions regarding The Catcher in the Rye. Make sure your answers are carefully thought out, well evidenced, in complete sentences, and properly edited. After you post your responses, review two responses by your peers and denote whether you agree or disagree with some point in their responses and why. If you are feeling like an editor and would like to gently help your peers improve their writing, please provide at least one syntax or punctuation related suggestion. Every little bit helps, and we all find errors in our writing here and there. No biggie.The point-of-view of a story is crucial because it is the filter through which the story’s events are recounted and presented to the reader. In Catcher, the story is narrated in the first person by a teenager named Holden Caulfield, so it’s all filtered through his perception of the world. Consider how the story begins. What impression does Holden make on you, and what does it tell you about Holden as a narrator? As in, is he a reliable narrator?
What do his tone, language, and comments say about his state of mind or experience as an adolescent? Do you connect or identify with him in any way? Do you feel for him? Does he bother you? Do you find yourself judging him? Try to just observe your views and feelings about this character without correcting yourself or interfering with those thoughts or feelings. All triggers, feelings, and thoughts are there for a reason–just observe them. Allow them to reveal themselves to you in waves. You’d be surprised at how much we learn about ourselves by the way that we naturally react to others–fictitious or real.
Holden frequently throws the word “phony” around; what is “his” definition of phony? Is it aligned with your definition of that word?
As the novel progresses, other characters shape and color the narrative by helping to develop the theme(s) of the story and Holden’s character. Jane Gallagher, Ward Stradlater, and Allie Caulfield are only a few of the characters who give us great insight into Holden’s persona.Who is Jane Gallagher and what does she mean to Holden? Why did she keep her kings in the back row? What do you think that says about her? Why does Holden carry that particular memory of Jane; what could it possibly say about him?
Who is Ward Stradlater and what kind of person is he, according to Holden? Why does Holden want Stradlater to ask Jane if she still keeps her kings in the back row? Dig deep into the story and try to determine what that might symbolize. Remember, it is all interpretive.
Who is Allie Caulfield (Chapter 5)? What does Holden allow us to know about Allie at this point?
Who are some other significant characters and how do they help build the story at this point? What are they teaching us about Holden, about the setting, the period, the plot, and so on?
Note: As you read the story and slowly pin down a few ideas of what might be its underlying theme(s), please contemplate what each significant character symbolizes in connection with that theme and how that character contributes to the theme.
Requirements: 500 words