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I noticed that nobody has mentioned it at all. If anyone else is doing this novel for AQA English Lit (GCSE) I'm happy to help them. (it helps me revise by answering questions and explaining things) <3
How would you structure a question on Holdens immaturity or loneliness? I'm confused about how to put it on paper.
OK well you need to include points on character, setting and language. About 5 points should do it, but if you don't have enough time you'd still be ok as long as the points are good. For settings you're looking for things which show Holden's vulnerability. For example, as the start of the book, the whole school is down at a football game, but Holden chooses to stay apart, showing that he does not really feel a part of the school. If you think carefully about the inner workings of Holden's mind, you can spot patterns and theories that he has about life. It helped me to work these out in my head, and then re-read parts of the book. It really helps as you can then understand why he does certain things. As long as you can do that, in the essay you should be absolutely fine following the usual point-evidence-explain technique <3
I didn't pay enough attention and am really finding it hard to viualise an answer. Thanks for the help though.
How do you know what to write about Salinger's methods & which quotes to use?
Well I'm just learning a few quotations from key points in the book. For example, at the end when he realises everyone has to grow up, he says 'I felt so damn happy all of a sudden'. But if you know the order of events, it shouldn't be too hard to find the part you're looking for in the exam. Salinger's methods mainly consist of putting Holden in various situations to see how he plays them out. If that makes any sense. For example, Salinger made Holden go to New York where he would be surrounded by people, to make it more obvious that he can't interact or form relationships with any of them (to link back to the immaturity and loneliness.) The key bit you really need to know is the whole 'catcher in the rye' theory, because I find you can involve it in almost any question.
This is really helpful for the key points: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/catcher
Especially this part http://www.sparknotes.com/sparknotes/video/catcher
Modified twice, last modified by Megan on Mon 23rd May, 2011 @ 11:30
I'm hoping loneliness or immaturity come in the exam as I'm quite skimpy on detailed analysis.
I didn't concentrate, the teacher wasn't much good & we only covered it this year.
I'm sure you'll be fine. The novel is basically just one big character study, so the only questions you can really be asked are about Holden.
What about Salingers methods of presenting situations or Holden?
He doesn't have specific methods like with the poetry. It more like 'Holden does [whatever]. Salinger uses this to show Holden's [character trait].'
If you’re discussing Holden’s loneliness, there are many instances to refer to. You could talk about his constant attempt to connect with people, be it classmates, girls, teachers, even cab drivers, and how he always fails to forge a meaningful connection or bond. Connecting this to his brother Allie’s death may be a good idea. I found a few really good Catcher in the Rye quotes on loneliness with corresponding explanations on a website called Shmoop. Here’s’ one that you could use: “I was crying and all. I don't know why, but I was. I guess it was because I was feeling so damn depressed and lonesome.”