Catcher in the Rye Autopsy of Characters An autopsy is an analysis of something once it has reached completion. Now that you have been introduced by Holden to the characters in the novel, certain characteristics should be clear. Find quotations/passages (with page numbers) to illustrate the following to conduct an autopsy over your assigned character. Parts for the “Autopsy” Head – Character’s intellect: Dreams? Ideas? Goals? Eyes – Seeing world through character: Memorable sights? Reaction to seeing new things? Ears – Hearing as the character: What does the character remember/notice and remember others saying? Mouth – Character’s communication: What does the character say or share? Arguments/debates? Hands – Practical side: What type of conflict does the character have to deal with and how? Heart – Emotional side: What does he or she ‘love” or care about? Torso (GUT) – Instinctive side: What does the character like about themselves? What is hidden from others? What brings pain? Feelings? Legs – Playful side: What does the character do for fun or pleasure? Other hobbies? Feet – Mobility: Where has he or she been figuratively and literally? How has the character been affected by travel, setting (where things take place) or change?