#1 -- This book was written in 1951, just after WWII, and may reflect the author’s attempt to process the evil that he saw in the world, the unfairness, and the post traumatic stress that he suffered.
In what ways does this novel, and Holden’s story, provide an answer to this question:
How do you go on living positively and productively in a world that may feel unjust or unfair?
#2 -- Holden says the mark of a good book is when you want to sit down and have a conversation with the author when you are finished with it.
Would you like to talk to J.D. Salinger about this book? What questions would you like to ask him? Imagine some of the responses he might offer to some of your questions based on what you know about Holden and Catcher in the Rye.
Please be sure to prepare for the vocabulary and literary terms final tests tomorrow!