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The World Through Holden Caulfields Eyes When writing a novel the author has the option of using the first or third person narrative In The Catcher in the Rye JK Salinger creates Holden Caulfield in the first person As we go from one adventure to the next we see everything that happens from Holdens point of view This helps to make him a sympathetic character Throughout the novel Holden Caulfield has a constant inner monologue which reflects on everything thats going on in his life By listening to this monologue we have an unobstructed view into his mind and the way it works This is demonstrated when he tells us how people want him to act his age I get bored sometimes when people tell me to act my age Sometimes I act a lot older than I amI really dobut people never notice it People never notice anything 9 This particular bit of personal wisdom Holden shares with us greatly helps us in identifying with his character The concept of a child criticizing adults for their behavior is common in reality but it literature is often expressed with the idea of thats the way I thought before I became wise Rarely is the situation seen from the perspective of the wayward but eloquent adolescent In other words he reveals the perversity of adult thought for all to see something with which fellow adolescents can easily identify Sometimes Holden using his inner monologue analyzes a hypothetical situation While hes walking in the city without his gloves he ponders what he would do if he found the boy who stole them Upon finding the gloves in the thiefs closet he decides that he would probably make a few threats but not do anything violent Its no fun to be yellow Maybe Im not all yellow I dont know Maybe Im just partly yellow and partly the type that doesnt give much of a damn
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