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1. Would you define Holden Caulfield as the modern day tragic hero? Explain with examples from the text.
2. Discuss the relationship of Holden and Phoebe and show how Phoebe is the more realistic of the two.
3. Explain from where the title of the novel comes and what it means.
4. Explain five of the defeats that Holden endures in the course of the novel.
5. Show how the city of New York attains a character of its own.
6. How is the novel "framed" by the first and last chapter? How does the frame affect the plot?
7. What is your understanding of the word "phony" from the reading of the text.
8. Do you consider Holden an atheist? Explain with sufficient examples from the text.
9. Do you agree with the view that Holden has a latent death wish? Why?
10. Comment on the language and style of the novel The Catcher in the Rye?
11. Why is it impossible for Holden to make contact especially in a physical\sexual form?
12. Discuss the thematic concerns of the novel and show their relation to the time in which the book was published.
13. Who would you judge to be the least phony character in the book and why?
14. Who would you judge to be the most phony character in the book and why?
15. What is the point of view in the novel and how does it affect the mood and the plot?