Catcher in the Rye
1) Title. Working or Alternative Titles Catcher in the Rye
2) Author JD Salinger
3) Date of Publication 1951
4) Genre Coming of age story, literary realism
5) Writing Techniques First person narration
6) The Setting and How It Contributes to the Drama or Atmosphere The setting is a boys prep school in Pennsylvania called Pencey Prep and later New York City. The boys prep school is filled with homosexual overtones and phonies. New York City although it is filled with people holding cannot manage to find anyone to spend time with.
7) Central Conflict and How It Develops and Resolves. What is the climax? Related Minor Conflicts the major conflict in the story is Holden Caulfield being kicked out of school and slowly having a nervous breakdown. It develops with Holden leaving school and making a series of bad decisions over a long weekend. It is resolved when Holden is institutionalized.
8) Major Characters major characters are Holden Caulfield, Ackley, Stradlater, Phoebe
9) Minor Characters Jane Gallagher, Sally Hayes, Mr Spencer, Carl Luce
10) Themes : Themes include a coming-of-age story and the fake reality adults live in compared to the reality that children live in.
11) Symbols and Motifs symbols include the red hunting hat, the carousel in the park, the museum that Holden visits as a child then again as a young adult, the ducks in the pond and the fish in Central Park.
12) Plot Overview, Chronologically, Including the Setting and Movement from Place to Place (Be Brief! Three to five sentences!) Holden Caulfield is at a prep school and has been kicked out, he leaves school and decides to live alone in New York City for a few days until he is forced to face his parents. He is very lonely and manic and searches for someone to hang out with and talk to so he stays up and doesn't sleep for days on end and has a series of interactions with people and eventually meets up with his sister who convinces him not to run away and at the end of the book he is hospitalized because of his nervous breakdown.
13) What is Most Stunning about this Book is amazing that no adults in this book attempt to help Holden or even realize that he is on a manic psycho trip waiting for his nervous breakdown to take him over and even though he gives lots of notice and red flags that he is in trouble they continue to shuffle him around from place to place and school to school without actually helping him.
14) A Quote of Less than Ten Words to Memorize “this is my people shooting hat” page 22
1) Title. Working or Alternative Titles Pride and Prejudice
2) Author Jane Austen
3) Date of Publication 1796
4) Genre comedy
5) Writing Techniques Jane Austin uses satire and comedy to write about very serious matters. Elizabeth Bennett uses cutting words to portray how unhappy she is and is very prejudice against wealthy people.
6) The Setting and How It Contributes to the Drama or Atmosphere the book is all about the setting. The poor country family is actually very middle-class because they have servants as well but they consider themselves poor because they don't live in a gigantic mansion like Darcy or Lady Katherine and they feel very poor in comparison.
7) Central Conflict and How It Develops and Resolves. What is the climax? Related Minor Conflicts
The central conflict in the book is the five daughters need to marry because they will lose their house if they do not settle well with husbands because they had only girls nobody stands to inherit the house when the father dies. The climax of the book is when Darcy asks Elizabeth to marry him. Minor conflicts include Bingley and Jane trying to get together and Lidia marrying Wickham
8) Major Characters Elizabeth Bennett, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jane Bennett, Charles Bingley, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett
9) Minor Characters Lydia Bennet, Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine DeBourgh, Wickham
10) Themes Jane Austen writes about the class differences in England and the unfairness of it all.
11) Symbols and Motifs the upper class being rude and the lower class being hard-working and not being able to get ahead is an ongoing motif.
12) Plot Overview, Chronologically, Including the Setting and Movement from Place to Place (Be Brief! Three to five sentences!) The story begins in Hertfordshire the town Elizabeth is from where a family with five girls lives when a wealthy man who rents the house next-door two of the five girls marry the wealthy man and his friend and one daughter marries a Playboy a soldier and nearly brings disgrace to the family but it all ends happy. Elizabeth moves to Derbyshire to live with her husband Darcy.
13) What is Most Stunning about this Book is most stunning in this book that there are still women in foreign countries that are second-class citizens or maybe even third class after the donkeys. It is amazing after so many years that women still struggle to own property in their own right without needing a man.
14) A Quote of Less than Ten Words to Memorize “From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do." (97)