Catcher In The Rye - Holden Caulfield - Antihero

Updated: 11/16/2017
Catcher In The Rye - Holden Caulfield - Antihero
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The Catcher in the Rye Lesson Plans

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

J.D. Salinger described The Catcher in the Rye as a novel about “an individual’s alienation in a heartless world.” Indeed, one of the primary themes that is highlighted throughout Holden Caulfield’s whirlwind narrative of mental breakdown is alienation. Holden seems only to connect with children younger than himself, those who have not yet been scarred or corrupted by the heartless world around them. He increasingly isolates himself by finding fault with others (everyone is a “phony”), getting tossed out of school after school, ruining every chance he has to establish a romantic relationship, and voicing his paranoia and disdain about the world to anyone who will listen. This narrative gives readers a look into the mind of a character whose world is crumbling around him, and his crumbling with it.
The Catcher in the Rye Lesson Plans

Defining the Anti Hero

By Rebecca Ray

A growing trend in literature, on screen, and on stage has moved to produce more flawed human protagonists. Gone are the days of perfect role models - paragons of virtue who are brave, capable, and who always do the right thing. Instead of these inspirational heroes, many works feature a complementary archetype: the anti hero.

The Catcher in the Rye

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Catcher In The Rye Holden Caulfield as an Antihero

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  • Hi, I am Holden Caulfield. I am 16 years old and I am currently undergoing mental health treatment.
  • ...although I failed 4 out of 5 of my classes, it's not my fault. I have this roommate who has BO and forces girls to sleep with him. I also tend to enhance the truth....
  • Well, I do have a few issues I need to work out, like not being able to relate to people and my apathy towards reality, especially my future.
  • I never thought my lying and discontent would get me beat up...
  • ...but people still like me because I have morals and values; I see people for who they are and not what they are.
  • Antihero is introduced.
  • The reader begins to see positive and negative character traits.
  • The reader learns that the character is dynamic, often having positive and negative traits.
  • The negitive traits of the protagonist make him an antihero.
  • ...yet his positive attributes give them a redeeming quality.
  • Conclusion: antihero