Is it really a phony world? The Catcher in the Rye

As a teenager, Holden Caulfield sees the world in black and white. He argues that we live in a phony world. In this game, his family tries to provide him with additional points of view in order to show him that life is more complicated than he thinks. Sometimes, what seems to be a fake is merely a survival strategy...

The students, who embody the members of the family, are at the same age as Holden. This exposes them to different perspectives.

Is it really a phony world? This is the question that will be explored in this fascinating and in-depth discussion.

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Classes: 10th Grade - 12th Grade
Contributors : Yochy Shelach


Reading "The Catcher in the Rye" by JD Salinger

Yochy Shelach

Get to know the characters

  • Mr. Caulfield

    Mr. Caulfield  represents the American Dream: he is a very successful and wealthy corporate lawyer - a self-made-man. He is working fourteen hours a day away from home. It enable the Caulfields economic welfare and to send their children to private schools

  • Mrs. Caulfield

    Mrs. Caulfield is holden's mother. Ever since she lost her younger son she is locked in a state of nervous exhaustion: She suffers from chronic headaches and she does not sleep well. She is depressed.

  • D.B

    DB is Holden's older brother. He used to write great stories, but now he became a successful Hollywood screenwriter!  

  • Phoebe

    Phoebe is Holden’s ten-year-old sister, whom he loves dearly. She is intelligent, neat, and a wonderful dancer! Holden thinks that she is considerably more mature than him and that she is a voice of reason: She is honest and not phony like others. 

  • Holden

    Holden is a seventeen year-old high school junior who has flunked out of prep school several times. He went to a three-day journey in New York to seek answers to questions that occupy him.

    He thinks the adult world is phony and refuses to grow up into it.


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