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In JD Salingers The Catcher in the Rye the first person narration is critical in helping the reader to know and understand the main character Holden Caulfield Holden in his narration relates a flashback of a significant period of his life three days and nights on his own in New York City Through his narration Holden discloses to the reader his innermost thoughts and feelings He thus provides the reader not only with information of what occurred but also how he felt about what happened Holdens thoughts and ideas reveal many of his character traits One late Saturday night four days before the beginning of school vacation Holden is alone bored and restless wondering what to do He decides to leave Pencey his school at once and travels to New York by train He decides that once in New York he will stay in a cheap motel until Wednesday when he is to return home His plan shows the reader how very impetuous he is and how he acts on a whim He is unrealistic thinking that he has a foolproof plan even though the extent of his plans are to take a room in a hotel and just take it easy till Wednesday Holdens excessive thoughts on death are not typical of most adolescents His near obsession with death might come from having experienced two deaths in his early life He constantly dwells on Allie his brothers death From Holdens thoughts it is obvious that he loves and misses Allie In order to hold on to his brother and to minimize the pain of his loss Holden brings Allies baseball mitt along with him where ever he goes The mitt has additional meaning and significance for Holden because Allie had
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