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The Catcher in the Rye

by J. D. Salinger

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What are some questions that connect to the real world and relate to The Catcher in the Rye?

There are many questions that we might ask after reading The Catcher in the Rye, but the best one to focus on is what role or responsibility should a teenager have in society and how they should contribute.

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There are many different real world questions that we could think of after reading Catcher in the Rye. Let's start first by looking at the themes that are prevalent in The Catcher in the Rye. Holden is an innocent person who is fighting against society to avoid growing up. As a teenager, he feels as though he can't change society, and he develops a distaste towards fake or phony people. From this, we might ask several questions: Can a single person change the world? Do all teenagers need to go through a period of rebellion? Is it more important to try and fit it than to focus on what you find important? We also know that Holden struggles with mental health issues, which might bring up even more questions—What needs to be done to help people who are struggling to feel less lonely? What can be done to provide help to people struggling from depression?

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