One of the most difficult aspects of our study of Holden (and our study of the people in our own lives!) is distinguishing what people say from what they actually mean. In large part, this struggle arises due to the instability of truth: both words and concepts are the products of our schema, our theory or understanding of the world developed from experiences. We might say the same words, but often we have different meanings.
This week, we will delve into this postmodern understanding of truth, considering what it means for there to be “no truth.” We’ll deconstruct both Holden’s narration and the narration of a few opinion articles in order to consider how language breaks down in the expression of ideas.
Parents, how can you help?
- Ask your student to talk to you about Catcher in the Rye. What is their opinion of the text? What might be “the point”?