Practice Quote #1. "The strongest man upon earth is he who stands most alone." Henrik Ibsen

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1 Practice Quote #1 "The strongest man upon earth is he who stands most alone." Henrik Ibsen Based on your understanding of The Catcher in the Rye and Of Mice and Men, do you agree or disagree with your interpretation/quote? Briefly explain (about two sentences)

2 1. In The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger creates a character in Holden whose strength develops as he is strays further and further from his "phony" society. 2. Holden is characterized as a rebellious teenager unable to cope with the society in which he lives (IDEA). 3. Instead of accepting the world he lives in, Holden flunks out of each school he attends (Introduce example). 4. For instance, by the time Holden is sixteen years old he flunks out of three different schools. 5. Although somewhat intelligent, Holden refuses to accept the idea that "life is a game," like his Headmaster and History teacher believe it to be. 6. In fact, Holden believes that life is only a game if "you are on the side that is winning" (Show Example). 7. By questioning the rules and following his own morals, Holden is walking a lonely path. 8. It takes a great deal of bravery and inner strength to be able to do this (CONNECTION). 9. In addition, Holden chooses isolation rather than endure the company of superficial people which also shows his inner strength (IDEA #2). 10. This idea is illustrated when he encounters Lillian Simmons, a former girlfriend of his older brother (Introduce Example). 11. All Holden wants to do is get drunk and listen to music for a few hours before he goes back to his hotel room. 12. Instead, Holden is forced into a conversation with Lillian Simmons, a loud and annoyingirl. 13. When she invites Holden to join her and her date, Holden says he has to leave, yet Holden does not want to leave. 14. He realizes, though, that being alone is a much better option than being stuck with phony a girl who only feigns interest in him because she wants to get in good with her ex boyfriend's little brother (Show Example). 15. Evidently, Holden shows his true character by choosing to spend the night alone. 16. He remains true to himself, for Lillian is a phony in Holden's eyes, and he will be a phony if he stays (CONNECTION). 17. For these reasons, Holden develops as a character due to the way he faces his conflicts, by standing alone (Concluding Sentence).

3 In conclusion, Henrik Ibsen was wise in his observation that the most strength lies in those who live in detachment. Holden Caulfield's inner strength is revealed by choosing to follow his own set of rules despite being contrary to societal expectations. Likewise, Christopher McCandless's remarkable self discipline and restraint are a direct result of him choosing a life separate from his society. Hence, it is the inner strength, rather than the strength in numbers, that truly speaks for an individual. In the case of Holden and Chris, inner strength proved to be eternally powerful.

4 Practice Quote #2 "Good people are good because they ve come to wisdom through failure. William Saroyan Based on your understanding of The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, or another work of literature studied in school (total of 2) do you agree or disagree with your interpretation/quote? Briefly explain (about two sentences)

5 Practice Quote #3 I like flawed characters because somewhere in them I see more of the truth. Nicolas Cage Based on your understanding of The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, or another work of literature studied in school (total of 2) do you agree or disagree with your interpretation/ quote? Briefly explain (about two sentences)

6 Practice Quote #4 To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else. Based on your understanding of The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, or another work of literature studied in school (total of 2) do you agree or disagree with your interpretation/quote? Briefly explain (about two sentences)

7 Practice Quote #5 "The bravest of individuals is the one who obeys his or her conscience." Based on your understanding of The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, or another work of literature studied in school (total of 2) do you agree or disagree with your interpretation/ quote? Briefly explain (about two sentences)

8 Practice Quote #6 "Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good" WORK #1 Title will be the first work of literature used to prove the quote's truth through an analysis of author's name use of characterization and conflict. Idea #1: One way this quote is proven true is... Example: For instance, Connection: This example supports the quote because... Idea #2: Another way this idea is proven true is... Example: As an illustration..., Connection: Evidently... Summary Sentence: For these reasons... WORK #2 Transition:In addition, title also proves the quote true through analyzing author's name use of characterization and conflict. Idea #1: Example: Connection: Idea #2: Secondly, this idea is proven true... Example: As an illustration..., Connection: As a result... Summary Sentence: Hence,

9 Practice Quote #7 "Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices." Alfred Montapert

10 It is not what an author says, but what he or she whispers, that is important. Logan Pearsall Smith Make the Connection: Topic Sentence: Through analyzing Salinger s use of conflict and characterization in the novel The Catcher in the Rye the critical lens will be proven true. Idea: The first way this quote is proven true is when Holden allows his sister to risk getting hurt on the carrousel ride. For example, while Holden is watching his sister, Phoebe, reach for the golden ring on the carrousel ride, he begins to worry that she will fall off. His first reaction is to stop her from trying; however, he realizes that he has to let her take her own chances in life. Connection: This proves that Salinger s whispers are what is most important because the reader sees that Holden has to allow Phoebe to learn on her own.

11 Provide the Example: Topic Sentence: Through analyzing Steinbeck s use of conflict and characterization in the novella Of Mice and Men the critical lens will be proven true. Idea: The first way this quote is proven true is through analyzing why George decides to kill Lennie. For instance, Lennie hurt a puppy and killed Curley's wife. Curley wants to torture and kill Lennie. George has to decide to kill Lennie to make sure he doesn't get tortured or allow Curley to do it. Connection: This example proves how Steinbeck s whispers are what is most important because the reader learns the true meaning of friendship, not by the words Steinbeck writes but by the message that is expressed. George makes the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of protecting his friend.

12 The bravest of individuals is the one who obeys his or her conscience." J.F. Clarke (adapted) Topic Sentence: Of Mice and Men also proves the quote true through analyzing Steinbeck s use of characterization and conflict. Idea: One way the author proves this quotation true is through George s friendship with Lennie. Example: For example, George cares for Lennie and protects him, even though he suffers because of it. Because Lennie s disability gets him into trouble, George constantly has to move from job to job and has limited freedom. However, George never abandons him. Connection: This shows that George is a brave individual who obeys his conscience because he takes care of Lennie even though he gets in trouble all the time because George knows it is the right thing to do.

13 Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality. Topic Sentence: Steinbeck s use of characterization and conflict in the novella Of Mice and Men will help prove the quote true. Idea: One way the author proves this quotation true is through George and Lennie s dream of the farm. Example: For example, George and Lennie often talk about a day when they will purchase a few acres together and, as Lennie states, live off the fatta the lan. Together they plan to grow their own food, raise livestock, and keep rabbits, which Lennie will tend. As George and Lennie s lives become more complicated, the dream becomes increasingly more important to both men. Connection: This shows that the dream is a weapon in the war against reality because it gives both George and Lennie hope.

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