Catcher notes
  • Coming of age novel (bildungsroman)
    • Childhood to adulthood
    • Learning about the world
    • Stream-of-consciousness writing
      • Writing that mimics the thoughts that pass through someone’s head
      • Colloquial language – the way people really talk, with slang, etc.
        • In this case, teenagers in 1950
        • Picaresque novel
          • The roguish main character goes from place to place having unrelated adventures

Characteristics of Holden’s narration
  • Contrasts/Opposites
  • Lying
  • Exaggeration
  • Honesty
  • Alienation/ Isolation
  • Gregarious – loves to talk and be social
  • Depression and Mental anguish
  • Hyperactivity