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Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Catcher in the Rye: The Mind Readers Novel

Within our english class we created interpretations of The Catcher in the Rye, a book written by J.D Salinger. We were asked to write and interpret this story in a creative way. For this we needed some source of inspiration, and this may have come differently for each person. We all have had different encounters and experiences in our teenage stories, and we will each see our world differently. The Catcher in the Rye tries to assimilate one such story, and for many its has become a very successful exposition of it. I decided to write this interpretation of Catcher in the Rye, in the opposite way that the main character in The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, would want it to be interpreted. I analyzed him in that analytical, technical and superficial way that he feels that everyone around him interprets him. I felt this was the best way in which to really see how Holden felt, by seeing his story from the others point of view, not his. The way that I interpreted it is, hopefully, the way in which people in Holden's world similarly interpret others.

This is my link to the full creative interpretation that I wrote for my English Class

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1r5NIeo0AEMTuYVM8BKvKYlM4DTpzggA4OY7ti89y9QA/edit

These are some snapshots of some of the most paramount ideas of my text

"Homo sapiens are divided into two groups, the ordinary and extraordinary. It is known that ordinary homo sapiens make up most of planet earth while the extraordinaries are fewer and far between and can range from being reclusive to being extremely well known among their community. We are studying the transition from birth of these beings until the moment in which they will choose whether they will become ordinary or extraordinary. This transition commonly happens after 12 to 18 years of living in this planet."

"Welcome to one of the biggest and most intricate of states within the united states of america. This specific area has been called new york by its residents, and is known as the Beehive in our community. Today we are studying one of the most interesting kinds of homo sapiens as they make their transition from birth to extraordinary or ordinary change. This kind of homo sapiens is called the Holdenus Caulfieldus."

"His transition from ordinary to extraordinary was noted once his dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and even a small amount of endorphin activity was noticed towards the end of our filming of this creature. We came to this conclusion when we saw the situation that produced these astounding levels of happiness was nothing out of the ordinary and something most ordinaries his age would rather not be seen around. The Holdenus Caulfieldus is now classified as extraordinary."

I wrote this not just because of a simple activity. The human mind is so complex and extraordinary, so unique to each individual. Can we ever hope to be a community if we are all incapable of global acceptance of every other individual? Can we predict somebody else's personality? I want to think of these questions, what they can imply to our future, our own output to others lives. We have so much power that we are unaware of, of being able to shape others as we shape ourselves, should we be careful or run over the limits? Would I make that choice?

Would you?

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