The Catcher in the Rye Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Examine Holden's relationship with Phoebe. Why does he have such a close relationship with his sister? How are the two alike? How are they different? What does this relationship reveal about Holden's character? How does it affect his actions in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Identify the main conflict of the novel. What type of conflict is this? How does the author express the main conflict throughout the novel? Is this effective? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the theme of innocence in The Catcher in the Rye. How does the author address the theme? How does the theme affect the events in the novel?

Essay Topic 4

Explain Holden's relationship with Jane Gallagher. Why is Jane important to Holden? How can you tell? What role does Jane play in the novel? How does she affect Holden's decisions in the novel?

Essay Topic 5

Define foreshadowing. Give at...

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