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The use of forshadowing in a novel can help its reader get a sense of what is to come in the story without giving away the events themselves It is a powerful tool which prevents events from being left unexplained leaving the reader question the effectivness of an outcome The eventual breakdown of the character Holden Caufield in JD Salingers controversial 1945 novel The Catcher in the Rye was foreshadowed in the early chapters of the book The first clue is his negative approach to life He begins by talking about his lousy childhood p1 and the first traces of profanity can be seen scattered about the page in the form of crap hell and goddam Holdens first sign of distrust comes when he speaks to Ward Stradlater about his date with Jane Gallagher Listen Give my regards willya Okay Stradlater said but I knew he probably wouldnt Ask her if she still keeps all her kings in the back row Okay Stradlater said but I knew he wouldnt p33-34 This is seen again when he doesnt trust Stradlater to stop his advances of Jane in the case that she says no Holden gives up his faith in people to trust him when he boards a bus holding a snowball The driver refuses to believe that Holden wont throw the snowball so he draws the conclusion that People never believe you p37 He is also always placing labels upon people as being phonies which gives the reader the idea that Holden thinks that others are materialistic Holdens attempts to protect the innocence in the world is another early sign of his deteriorating state When Holden goes to Pheobes school to deliver his note he sees some swearing of the wall which he says drove me damn near crazy p201 He wipes the words from the wall in an attempt to prevent the inevitable from occurring leading the reader to believe that he may experience some
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