Exploring The Catcher in the Rye

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Holden Caulfield and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (ptsd.htm on this site)

My Holden Guide to Life (holden_guide.htm on this site)

I thought this was a very insightful and interesting article: The Praises and Criticisms of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye

"Looking for Clues of Holden's Future in the 7 Up Documentaries" (holden42.htm on this site)

There are some interesting References to Catcher in the Rye in the movie, Six Degrees of Separation, especially about imagination, paralysis, and possibly a meaningful life.

"Lindsay Weir is a modern day, female Holden Caulfield" That certainly caught my attention as I was looking around the Freaks and Geeks site. Here are some excerpts I culled from the series "bible" that parallel Holden and even offer insight about him.
(http://www.freaksandgeeks.com/home.shtm, and weir_caulfield.htm on this site)

Catcher in the Rye Essay, by Mr. Punt

Someone complained (in the creativity guestbook) that this site doesn't mention the idea of Holden as a "modern day Christ." I don't think Holden is a good example of a Christ figure (James Castle is far better for this). But here are a few links making such comparisons, just to show how Christlike I am. :o)

This essay includes outlines of similarities that some have seen between Holden and Christ. Includes references for true scholars to check out. (http://www.123student.com/english/726.shtml)

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Also look for the +text pages in the Photo Album (album.htm on this site)

Finally, a minor comparison point. If you're like Holden and think Mr. Antolini was Fun Home interested in him sexually, here's someone to compare and contrast him to: someone who was a teacher who was sexually attracted to some of his male 12th-grade English students. He cultivated them "like orchids." This was in the 1960s and '70s. Mr. Bechdel is dead, but his daughter, Alison Bechdel, wrote a graphic novel-memoir, Fun Home, which is dominated by this hidden aspect of her father's life, and her later trying to understand him, feelings-wise. Just over one page does touch on CITR. (Fair warning, the memoir is graphic in both senses.)