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How important is the voice that tells a story It seemsalmost trivial to claim that the same story can changebecause of the voice telling it to you Does the voice andpoint of view of the narrator play a large enough role in anovel to change the attitude of the reader about the novelJD Salinger uses the dominant character of HoldenCaulfield to be the first person narrator of his novel TheCatcher in the Rye The key to Holdens narrative voice isthe fact that it added life and a connection to thecharacter This voice transforms an otherwise lifeless storyto a jump start and electric novel In order to find out howimportant this narrator was to the story we will compare thenovel The Catcher in the Rye to the piece A SlightRebellion of Madisonthe summary of the very same novel asIn looking at the importance of Holdens role we willfirst look at the summary of the novel In Slight Rebellionoff Madison the character of Holden Caulfield has beeneliminated and an outside third person narrator replaceshim This version goes through the story explaining thebasic outlining of The Catcher in the Rye The outline iswhat the summary gives to the reader and thats all itgives The basic plot is average but with out theconnection to the reader it keeps the reader on the outsidethrough the whole thing The plot tells the happenings of ayoung man named Holden Caulfield but without really knowingto much about the character of Holden the plot line islifeless and boring for the reader We see the experiencesthat Holden goes through but the reader doesnt getinvolved It is hard for most readers to sympathize withHolden therefore Salinger relies on the connection Holdenmakes with the reader to get the reader involved in the lifeWhat about Holdens narrative voice causes such a giantimpact on the novel I s it his loud personality or justthat the reader is allowed to but put in the position as hisbest friend Salinger starts
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