The Catcher In The Rye Writing Style

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J.D Salinger’ The Catcher in the Rye is very unique in terms of the writing style not only is the story told in a past tense, first person point of view but it is also loosely written in a writing fashion known as stream of consciousness writing. This term was introduced by William James in his Principles of Psychology (1890), it is a form of literary style in which a character’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions are depicted in a continuous flow uninterrupted dialogue. This style of literature can be seen when Holden is watching a band play with Jean and he begins to critique them yet he somehow start thinking about Old Spice and then of him as a sailor. Holden thoughts are continues yet are often unconnected like in this example, one thought is always leading to another and to another and so on. The Catcher in the Rye includes many memorable quotes one of those being “The best thing though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobady’d move...Nobody'd be different. The only thing that would be different would be you…”(157-158). Throughout the book Holden shows that he fears and does not know how to deal with conflict and change but the museum presents to him something that he can understand: it is frozen and always the same. The museum and everything in it represent the simple, idealistic, and manageable vision of life that Holden wishes he could live. Another memorable quote from the book is one in which one comes to understand the title,
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