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Prof Pat Swenson

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

Elements of Fiction

Literary Theory

Myth & Archetype: The Hero's Quest

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Department of English

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Liberal Studies Program

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Discussion Guide



Holden Caulfield, Phoebe Caulfield, Allie Caulfield

D.B. Caulfield, Ackley, Stradlater

Jane Gallagher, Sally Hayes, Mr. Spencer

Carl Luce, Mr. Antolini, Maurice, Sunny


Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.


Nature of Childhood vs. Adulthood

Alienation & Loneliness

Coming of Age (Growth/Maturity)

Phoniness (lying, deception)

Relationships, Intimacy, Sexuality Motifs

Book's Title: "Catcher in the Rye"

Holden's Red Hunting Hat

Museum of Natural History

Ducks in Central Park Lagoon

Narrative Style

First Person Point of View

Stream of Consciousness Style

Unreliable Narrator