Teenage Delinquency 1950's

Teenage delinquency in the 1950’s was when the phase of teenagers beginning to rebel against the norms of being a kid. Teenagers starting smoking at young ages, drinking, stealing, fighting & going outside what the usual teenage lifestyle consisted of in the 1950’s. The idea of being with someone was huge in time, even if you didn’t know them well, you had to be seen with somebody. This lead to staying out late, past curfews & being seen out late, but still always being in the company of another. We can clearly see teenage delinquency being shown through the element of character, the character being Holden Caulfield. Caulfield presents this idea through his under age smoking habits. We assume he is a chain smoker. We can assume this through the quote that is in the book; “Then I lit another cigarette--it was my last one. I must've smoked about three cartons that day.” J.D Sallinger challenges the idea of all teenagers being delinquents through Caulfield always being alone. Caulfield challenges this by never having company like every other teenager desires. J.D Sallinger purposely does this to challenge this idea of all teenagers in the 1950’s that they are delinquents. ‘ "Have just one more drink," I told him. "Please. I'm lonesome as hell. No kidding." ‘ This quote from the novel clearly shows that Caulfield is a lonely person. J.D Sallinger purposely makes Caulfield look like lonesome person throughout the novel to challenge teenage delinquency & prove that not all teenagers are reckless, out of control attention seeking people.

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2 years ago

1. Find the cultural assumption being discussed. Do you think it is outlined and described clearly? You outlined your cultural assumption clearly

2. Do the examples help you to understand the cultural assumption? If not make suggestions about what they can include to help you understand. You used good examples from the text which helped understand the cultural assumption

3. Can you identify the elements of novel used by the author to show the cultural assumption. If not make a comment that they need to include this. You outlined well that the element of the novel was through characterisation

4. Have they linked the cultural assumption to context? (Do they make comments about the time and place the novel was written and how the cultural assumption links to this time and place?) You mentioned some about the time and place this assumption occurred but might consider including how it links back to real life to get some extra marks

5. Can you identify the author of the novel and their view about the cultural assumption ? If not make suggestions about where they can include the author and how the author presents the assumption. e.g. accept, reject, question, challenge. You show that the character challenges the assumption and made well put together points about how he does this

6. Can you find any distinct similarities or differences between you novel and your partner's novel? Our novels are linked by our authors using characterisation to show the element

2 years ago

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