Monday, November 14, 2011

Week 12: The Catcher in the Rye

I finished The Catcher in the Rye, and it was really strange, although it was very good.

Students who have difficulty being in school, relating to their parents and friends would relate to this book, to Holden Caulfield. Holden cannot stay in any school, he cannot be honest with his parents or with his little sister or his friends. He talks about everyone being “phony” even though he is not being honest with himself or with anyone else.

Holden is kicked out of three schools, he hates everything, and cannot even get along with people he has known for quite a while. He is very straight-forward with people about how he feels, often offending them, but expects them to be there for him in his time(s) of need. Most of the story takes place in New York in the span of a few days while Holden is hiding from his parents, waiting on them to get the letter that he has been kicked out of Pencey Prep.

The book was very interesting, and I enjoyed reading it. I really want to know what is going on with this kid, though. There is obviously something that does not jive well with Holden, something that makes him not want to be anywhere, something that makes him not quite fit anywhere. He sees a “psychoanalyst” at the end of the novel, which is where he is telling his story from. As a teacher, I know I will have students similar to this, and I want to know how to help them in any way I can.

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