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If you really want to hear about it The Catcher in the Rye would be quite different in its message if told from a point of view other than Holden Caulfield Holdens questionable instabilitypersonality would not be fully addressed the book would lose much of its bulk and it would end up having a totally different story line Narrator Holden exposes himself - allowing the reader to see precisely what kind of guy he is Although the question of his normality is often argued the train of consciousness narrative which J D Salinger uses in writing this book creates a terrifyingly familiar personality to which the reader can relate Holden is in everyone To quote Mark Phillips in his essay Holden Caulfield Revisited Holden Caulfield will survive as the vicarious voice of generation after generation of American adolescentsandsome adults will continue to read it Furthermore Holden never revealed himself to anyone Had the story been told from anybody elses point of view Holdens personality would have barely if at all been touched on Possibly Sally could have said something of Holdens oddness after he basically attacked her at the skating rink - rather unlikely though seeing as she was a rather dense phonyat least from Holdens biased narration If The Catcher in the Rye were denied Holdens narration it would be a much slimmer novel Nobody else in the story appears to be as random the sporadic flashbacksexplanations would be done away with - no unexplained irrelevant stories of roomates who envied his fountain pen or the girl to whom he almost gave the time Moreover phrases such as that kills me and goddam spew forth from Holdens storyteller lips One wonders how many pages of the book could be done away with if these and other repeated Holden-isms were cut out Consequently how much humor would be lost if this was done The Catcher in the Rye is Holdens story He is the
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