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The Catcher In The Rye: Crash Course Analysis

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Crash Course. “Holden, JD, and the Red Cap- The Catcher in the Rye Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #7.” Youtube. Youtube, 17 Jan. 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2015.
Crash Course is a Youtube channel that explains a plethora of topics that range from history to astronomy. John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, takes over the literature section and gives insight to the deeper meanings of many influential books, such as The Catcher in the Rye. In this second part of the series, Green gives a slight background about the author, J.D. Salinger. He also expresses the meaning of the hunting hat that Holden wears throughout the novel. Lastly, he provides insight about the use of empathy in the novel.
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Although it is not a biography, it gives the reader an idea of who J. D. Salinger was and his ideas about writing. It is a scholarly article because it includes quotations from J. D. Salinger as well as factual evidence. It was also published by a reliable source, The New York Times.
Hassett, Bob. “What We’re Reading: The Catcher in the Rye.” Washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post. 5 June. Web. 19 Nov. 2015. Bob Hassett gives his and his son’s thoughts about Holden’s character and ultimately linking his unacceptance to teens today. Hassett states that he has read the novel frequently, but never caught the hidden meanings until he read it later in life. He never realized that Holden was so devastated after Allie died. Hassett also cited his son, who explained Holden’s loneliness and unacceptance in an earlier essay about the book. This article is useful for readers who have not fully understood why Holden acts the way he does. Hassett and his son explain that Holden wanted to be heard by his elders and was hurt when Allie died, which led him to be in his current state: a mental patient. This article may not be as scholarly as other articles because it is not written by an intellectual, but the information includes factual evidence to support the
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TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc. 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 19 Nov. 2015. This article illustrates five major lessons a reader can learn from The Catcher in the Rye. Some of the lessons are about growing up and not being alone, which are two major themes in the novel. By including some universal lessons, this article is able to not only relate to children and adolescents, but also adults who are having the same troubles. Along with the lessons, the article illustrates some of Holden’s important qualities, such as his love for reading and his catchphrase, “phony.” This article would be a great addition to a student’s understanding of the novel because of the article’s ability to relate the student to Holden and his struggles. As said before, this article contains five important lessons to be learned from the novel. By reading this article, the student will be able to understand the major themes and relate to the novel a little bit better. Secondly, the reader will be able to pick out some of Holden’s primary psychological characteristics. This article is a reliable source because it contains correct factual and textual evidence and transitions smoothly from topic to
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