The Catcher In The Rye Dialectical Journal

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Dialectical Journal
Name: Joana De Sousa
Novel: A Catcher in the Rye Author: J.D. Salinger
Literary Element
Point of View
“I’M THE MOST TERRIFIC LIAR you ever saw in your life.”
(Holden 19).
This story is told in the first person point of view. The author chose the story to be first person to build a connection with the reader, and to tell stories from their own perspective, since they are more reliable than being told by someone else. First person also allows the reader to create a relationship with the protagonist and get to to know the character by the choices he made and the life experiences he had.
“I’ll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me last Christmas just before I got pretty rundown and had to come here and take it easy.”
(Holden 3).
This quote on the first chapter of the book indicates that Holden has some anxiety problems and is either in an institution to help calm and deal with the nerves, since he mentioned he is a nervous guy, or in a hospital, after a mental breakdown. The sentence encourages the reader to want to know why and how he has to calm down, and what events lead to this major “madman” occurrences.
“After I shut the door and started back to the living room, he yelled something at me, but I couldn't exactly hear him. I'm pretty sure he yelled "Good luck!" at me. I hope not. I hope to hell not. I'd never yell "Good luck!" at anybody. It sounds terrible, when you think about it.”

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