Why The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger should be included in Reader/Writer workshops

Essay by theusedtoastHigh School, 10th gradeA-, December 2008

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Angst, romance, comedy, drama; are they all not what appeal to most teenagers? J.D. Salinger paints a colorful character full of inner conflict in his fiction novel entitled The Catcher in the Rye, targeted at the young-adult audience. This bildungsroman-style novel follows main character and narrator Holden Caulfield, a seventeen year old male with rather cynical nihilistic view on life. Beginning with Holden's description and relation of events at one of his private schools, he begins to tell the events of his life in about a month's span. Frequently incorporating nostalgic memories and mementos into his narration, Caulfield depicts the jaded life of a teenager looking for his place among society. The Catcher in the Rye may be rough around the edges, and controversial in its language and content, but is encouraged to be a book included in reader/writer workshops.

J.D. Salinger's novel is very well fit enough to be included in the curriculum for high school English classes, due to the narrative style, wide use of literary elements, and the well-written presentation of the story.

In each chapter you'll find a myriad of literary elements, each used to drawn in the reader and pull them in for more. One such use of Salinger's enticing literary elements is his use in internal conflict. Internal conflict projects the view of an often confused and almost disgruntled human being to the reader, sometimes causing empathy and other feelings to stir among the reader. The Catcher in the Rye effectively uses this technique and seems fit for this angsty style of book. One of the first notions of internal conflicts becomes apparent early in the narration as Holden describes his disgust for movies. His outgoing hate for anything he deems "phony", or not genuine, affects his spiritual life, social life,