The Catcher in the Rye-Final Essay Prompt

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The Catcher in the Rye-Final Essay Prompt

You will select one of the following essay prompts to construct a five paragraph essay. Once you have selected and thoroughly read the prompt, please complete the essay outline. You will then write a well developed essay based on your outline. Essay requirements: 1. Five paragraphs. 2. Typed 3. Double-spaced 4. MLA heading and format 5. Times New Roman 6. Appropriate quotes from the novel in body paragraphs (one quote in each body paragraph).

Due Dates:

  1. Essay Outline Due: Thursday, May 1, 2014

  2. MLA formatted Essay Due: Monday, May 5, 2014.

Prompt Options:

1. Read and think about the meanings of the following quotations. Then read the assignment below: “In my youth, daydreaming nurtured me, provided a safe haven. I'd sleep for twelve hours and even when awake escape to the safe place in my mind. “ --Sandra Cisneros

Daydreaming allows you to play out scenarios where you miraculously save the day. You play out scenarios in your head that are kind of crazy, and then you personally, heroically resolve them.” --Mark Waters

Assignment: Choose three vivid daydreams Holden has throughout the novel. Explain each daydream and the daydream’s purpose/function for Holden within the context of the story. Why does he have these particular daydreams? What is their importance within each specific circumstance in which they occur?

1. Read and think about the meaning of the following quotation. Then read the assignment below it. “That strong mother doesn't tell her cub, ‘Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you.’ She says, ‘Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.’” --Lauryn Hill

Assignment: Holden, like each of us, faces living in a world he didn't create. Nobody, not even Holden, can live in a culture without having some of it rub off on him/her. Decide what parts of Holden’s mental state are a result of the society in which he lives. Explore three different societal flaws that are exhibited by Holden. For each societal flaw, explain the flaw, how it is an important contributor to Holden’s mental state, and how Salinger reveals the flaw through Holden’s character.

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