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Analyze Holden Caulfield using this interactive activity.
J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye presents the complicated character of Holden Caulfield. This activity allows students multiple opportunities to psychoanalyze the character of Holden. They will find examples from the text, analyze what this means for his character overall, and, eventually, complete a 'patient intake form' that works to analyze the character as a whole - including what past and current events cause issues for him.
My students were engaged with the text and actively searching for examples to support Holden's psychological development throughout the novel. Where does the character leave off? What kind of future can we hope that Holden has? This character analysis can help your students understand Holden on a deeper level once they have finished reading the novel .