Catcher in the Rye

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Teenage delinquency
Cultural assumption 1

Catcher in the Rye is a book baced on Teenage delinquency in the 1950's.

Teenage delinquency is a rebellion from teenagers post WWII. It was a point of time where teenagers didn't want to follow any rules, they wanted to do their own thing in their own way and they didn't care if they broke the rules or not. Not all teenagers were delinquents but many were. It turned out to be more of a stereotype in that era that all teens were bad news. They did things like drop out of school, put no effort in school, vandalized property, didn't respect the community , smoked under age, drank under age, stayed out past curfew and more rebellious things to disturb the community and make their presence known in a bad way.  There are still  many delinquents to this day and but it is simply not a changing thing, it is under control for the society.

An element that highlights teenage delinquency in the 1950's is shown through the plot.

JD Salinger challenges this element throughout the book.  An example is throughout the text Holden asks and challenges Stradlater saying ' "What's her name?" I was pretty interested. "I'm thinking . . . Uh. Jean Gallagher." Boy, I nearly dropped dead when he said that. "Jane Gallagher," I said.' This is saying that JD Salinger thinks that there is no point to be seen with someone just for the sake of it even when you do not even know the ladies name which is most important and really disrespectful to the women. I believe JD Salinger is challenging this cultural assumption in the book because he is someone who was effected by it and has a strong opinion about changing it.

There is a but in the book where Stradlater, who is Holden roommate, asked a girl out for the night with him and did not care to know her name. This shows that teenagers are expected to be with someone at all times just so they are not seen alone.Teenagers are pressured to being "cool and popular" so being out late at night was considered 'cool' if these teenagers weren't out at night they were being left out and so that caused a lot of pressure.

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

2. Do the examples help you to understand the cultural assumption? If not make suggestions about what they can include to help you understand. yes

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. yes

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?) yes

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.

Can you find any distinct similarities or differences between you novel and your partner's novel? no