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The Catcher in the Rye has truly earned its place among great classic works J D Salinger created a literary piece that was completely unique The entire novel was written in the first person view of the 17-year-old Holden Caulfield The majority of the story is compiled of Holdens rudimentary monologue of complexly simple thoughts the rest utilizing his relay of previous dialogue That and the use of unique punctuation digressing explanations and complex characterization transformed the simple plot into the complex literary classicThe novels dialogue and monologue alike manage to relay the feel of natural speaking such asI mean youd be different in some way - I cant explain what I meanThe contractions youd and cant - since they are common in everyday language - establish a very common and simple tone Stress on the first syllable of different reinforces the tone by demonstrating how typically they speak just as in reality He uses dashes for pauses and signaling associative digressions Instead of signaling pauses commas are used mostly where mechanically required for instanceSo all of a sudden I ran like a madman across the street - I damn near got myself killed doing it if you want to know the truth - and went in this stationary store and bought a pad and pencilHolden Caulfield creates a thought provoking point of view On the surface many of his thought patterns seem unrelated and straying from the topic His association of topic with digression is used almost constantly throughout the novel However realizing that these digressions are very relevant and even crucial to the topic allow the reader to gain true insight to the character His statements about his sisters intelligence followed by explanations of how well she listens reveals Holdens associations of intelligence with being quiet and observant Another example would be his tension around the nuns Even though he enjoyed the conversation he worried about being asked if he was Catholic He
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