The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Pre-reading Questions
For tonight's homework, please answer the following questions, writing one paragraph for each. Feel free to include personal experiences that may help you explain your feelings on the topics.
  • Is it inevitable (unavoidable) that we conform to the world and society around us?
  • How should a person adjust to a world they did not create?
  • What happens when a person does not accept and does not play by the rules of the dominant culture?
  • What does it mean to stay true to yourself?
  • Is it possible to grow up without becoming phony?
  • What does it mean to be a kind, decent person?
  • What does it mean to be a pushover and what does it mean to be kind?
  • Is it possible to protect everything that matters to you?
  • Is life a game?