Analysis Of Salinger 's ' The Catcher Rye '

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Journal Responses Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye has been pronounced a literary classic for its atypical portrayal of adolescence, to effectively convey the protagonist’s alienation and confusion. The introduction of The Catcher in the Rye is underpinned by disorder and confusion through a stream-of-consciousness narration, which digresses from one subject to another. Consequently, Holden’s multitudinous thoughts and feelings appear to lack a cohesive pattern. Additionally, Holden’s prevalent ascription of other students as “phony” (Salinger, p.3) alludes to his alienation and isolation as a form of self-protection; he rejects those he does not understand. Furthermore, the vocabulary encapsulates typical adolescence dialect of the 1940s, and resultantly, alienates contemporary reader. This is typified through Holden’s use of colloquial speech, in particular, his exclamation “that killed me” (Salinger, p.42) to express his amusement. Therefore, the introduction of Holden’s disjointed monologue in The Catcher in the Rye foreshadows Salinger’s unique interpretation of adolescence. Holden’s narration in The Catcher in the Rye poses a fundamental problem in critically analysing the story. Holden’s first person narration provides a one-dimensional, biased interpretation that manipulates the reader. This uncertainty of the authenticity of the narration through a pervasive hyperbolic tone is exemplified when Holden exclaims, “…my parents would have about two haemorrhages apiece
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