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  • Pencey Prep With Holden
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    Movie Proposal: The Catcher in the Rye Vina Ku Iverson / RaceyPer. 7, 8 To the Producer: The Catcher in the Rye, a contemporary novel by J.D. Salinger, is a thought-provoking, fascinating look at society's values and issues in the 1950's. This book would make an excellent transition to film because it is full of both action and implication. It focuses on a four-day period of time in the life of a sixteen-year-old cynic with emotional problems. The book follows Holden Caulfield as he struggles wi...
  • Mr Spencer As Phony
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    From the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, the youthful protagonist Holden Caufield, employs the word phony to describe the behavior of a number of characters including Mr. Spencer and Ossenburger, however it is not them who are phony, it is the young main character. First, Mr. Spencer, Holdens ex- history teacher, is not described as phony, but according to the adolescent, his choice of words are. Secondly, according to our main character, Ossenburger is not the generous philanthropist he portrays...
  • Holden's Conflict With Maurice
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    Violence in the Catcher in the Rye Often, simple physical conflicts are used to develop characters and to increase the suspense and action between them. In J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield the 16-year-old narrator and protagonist claims to be a pacifist. Holden views the world as an evil and corrupt place where there is no peace. As a sincere person living amongst phonies, he views others as completely immoral and unscrupulous. In the novel violence is used to further dev...
  • Holden's Reputation
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    Dale Carnegie once said "Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation". However, this insightful admonition is much easier said than done to the majority of society. In a life where all you can really be is yourself, most find it unappealing. Throughout life people become bewildered by the flourishing amounts of "society propaganda". Advertisements for stylish clothes, centerfold hair, movie star-white smiles and even how to act if you " re "in" can be seen around every street...
  • Living Realistic Characters
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    Creating living characters is one of the greatest challenges for novelists, often due to the extraordinary situations the characters themselves are placed in. However, Salinger is able to accomplish this feat in his novel Catcher in the Rye by giving the characters flaws, thus making them more human. The characters are also very human, in that they have reasonable reactions that we can understand. Salinger creates the characters with the intent that we can relate to them, allowing us to do just ...

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