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Catcher in the Rye The Language of Cather in the Rye The passage of adolescence has served as the central theme for many novels but JD Salingers The Catcher in the Rye long a staple in academic lesson plans has captured the spirit of this stage of life in hyper-sensitive form dramatizing Holden Caulfields vulgar language and melodramatic reactions Written as the autobiographical account of a fictional teenage prep school student Holden Caulfield The Catcher in the Rye deals with material that is socially scandalous for the times Gwynn 1958 As an emotional intelligent inquisitive and painfully sensitive young man Holden puts his inner world to the test through the sexual mores of his peers and elders the teachings of his education and his own emerging sense of self Throughout the years the language of the story has startled some readers Salingers control of Holdens easy conversational manner makes the introduction of these larger themes appear natural and believable Bloom 1990 At the time of the novel through today Holdens speech rings true to the colloquial speech of teenagers Holden according to many reviews in the Chicago Tribune the New Yorker and the New York Times accurately captures the informal speech of an average intelligent educated northeastern American adolescent Costello 1990 Such speech includes both simple description and cursing For example Holden says Theyre nice and all as well as Im not going to tell you my whole goddam autobiography or anything In the first instance he uses the term nice which oversimplifies his parents character implying he does not wish to disrespect them yet at the same time he does not praise them At best he deems them as nice and all Holden further cuts short his description but in a more curt manner when he states he will not tell his whole goddam autobiography or anything From the start the reader picks up Holdens hostility and unwillingness to share his views strictly by
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