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Catcher in the Rye Literary Analysis
First Person Narrator Invites the reader into the mind of the protagonist. Gives the work a sense of real immediacy – as if we are part of his story. Use of I and you throughout creates an intimate communication between Holden and reader But it also opens us up to the unreliable narrator – his opinions, while his own, might be misleading.
Holdens voice Begins with use of the vernacular (language spoken by ordinary people in a specific location) Employment of a retrospective narrator (a narrator who is looking back on an event/a life) He is a protagonist (main character) in a death- haunted story
Holdens jargon is consistent and enlightening. He uses qualifiers such as if you want to know the truth, I know what Im talking about orIm not kidding. These serve to emphasize how unsure Holden is of what he is saying or how he will be received. Holdens idiosyncratic (unique) use of his own idioms (style of language) is combined with slang of 1950s America He also uses the undefined second-person pronoun, you. This ungrammatical usage emphasize the disillusionment Holden feels because almost no one sees the world like he does.
Holdens Speech Its filled with slang that can be read simultaneously on two levels. When he says that something killed me it has a childishness to it, but also reminds the reader of the death of his brother, Allie. His story is filled with what he calls digressions – his casual leaps and associative jumps come with the fact he is 17 and trying to establish himself as a credible narrator. He exaggerates a lot but can also be vague
Holden uses very vivid descriptions – which promotes the reality of the setting but also gives an understanding of Holdens character. This attentiveness to detail is supplemented by an attentiveness to the rhythms of speech – shown through the use of italics so that the reader hears Holdens emphasis. Rhythms of speech are mirrored by the rhythms of thought – paragraphs are broken not merely by subject but also by emphasis of thought.
Conflicting ideas are juxtaposed to add emphasis: Holdens account of children is placed next to the account of actors in order to display the honesty of one verses the falseness of another. He juxtaposes Ackleys inconsideration with Holdens, thus displaying the hypocrisy in Holdens criticism.