Sophomore English Period 4 Seminar Questions Catcher Seminar Period 4 Questions Directions: Review the potential seminar questions below and prepare concrete details, commentary and notes that may help you respond to the questions during seminar. Relationships Why does Holden fail to forge healthy relationships? Holden’s perception Is Holden’s perception of himself accurate? Relationships How does Holden’s insecurity fuel his pessimism and therefore affect his relationships? Phoniness What does Salinger suggest about phoniness through Holden’s character? What is the root of holden’s preoccupation with phoniness? How does his definition of phoniness affect his self image? Change How does Holden’s emotional instability impact his attitude towards change? Allie How does Allie’s death affect Holden’s attitude toward learning? How does allie’s death affect his attitude toward others? How does Holden respond to Allie’s death is healthy and unhealthy ways? Ducks How does the author use the ducks to develop Holden’s character? Character How does Holden’s childhood experiences impact his character? In what ways is Holden a hypocrite How does holden’s worldview affect his isolation and how does his isolation affect his worldview? Does Holden deliberately isolate himself? Why? Why does Holden have recurring images of his own death? Growing up/ carousel What is preventing Holden from becoming a health adult? How do the golden ring and carousel symbols reflect the author’s theme about growing up? What does Salinger imply about Holden’s recovery through the symbol of the carousel? How does Holden’s view of adults shape his development, as a teenager and young adult? Hunting hat Consider when and where Holden wears and removes the hunting hat. What does the hunting hat represent? How does Holden’s hat reflect his attitude toward societal norms? Why does Holden give his hunting hat to Phoebe? What is the significance of the gift? Phoebe How is Holden’s relationship with Phoebe different from his relationships with other characters? And why? How and why does Allie’s death affect Holden and Phoebe differently? Holden and Newport If Holden were a student at Newport, what would he think of the students and teachers? Growing up/ carousel What is preventing Holden from becoming a healthy adult? What is the significance of the carousal? How do the golden ring and carousel symbols reflect the author’s theme about growing up? What does Salinger imply about Holden’s recovery through the symbol of the carousel? Recovery What actions could Holden and other traumatized adults take to recover? Catcher How does Holden’s relationships with Phoebe and Allie relate to his dream of being the Catcher in the Rye?