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In all literary works of art the author chooses a tone to exhibit throughout the story line of his writing That statement holds true about JD Salingers The Catcher in the Rye Some authors use comedy others pure entertainment but Mr Salinger decided to set a real life tone to this particular novel By exhibiting some aspects of reality he lends his own philosophies to the reader This gives the reader more incite and able to relate to the characters Hence making The Catcher in the Rye a philosophical novel This novel is a non-fiction story of a young mans life and what he does to get away from it all Holden the main character is Salingers puppet He is the one in which JD Salinger lets his own thoughts are expressed Therefore exhibiting why this is a philosophical novel Not only does this novel let the reader know what the author is thinking but it also gives one a perceptive study of one individuals understanding of his human condition Its told in a monologist manner so it can describe Holdens thoughts and feelings Holden Caulfield is a teenager growing up in 1950s New York He has suffered through several school expulsions due to his poor achievement In an attempt to deal with being expelled from private school he leaves school a few days prior to the end of the term and goes to New York to take a vacation before he returns to his parents inevitable wrath He assumes that if he can run away from the problem then maybe it will go away As you would guess Holden was wrong His trip only helps worsen the situation Soon Holden begins to describe a developing nervous breakdown He begins to experience things that didnt usual occur to him Holden began to have bouts of things such as unexplained depression impulsive spending and generally odd erratic behavior prior to his mental collapse
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