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The Catcher in the Rye just like all other great works was met by scornful criticism and unyielding admiration However many literary critics also marveled at Salingers genius use of language which was used to make Holden Caulfield the main character unbelievably realistic Such language includes both repetition of phrases and blatant cursing in order to capture the informal speech of the average northeastern American adolescent Through Holdens thoughts and dialogues Salinger successfully created a teenage boyThe language used in The Catcher in the Rye has been a topic of controversy in the literary critics realm Holden Caulfields thoughts and comments serve to deepen his personality and to provide entertainment Salinger wanted to create a typical teenager while keeping Holden as an individual at the same time Like most teenagers Holden speaks in trite sentences However he also uses words in places that were then uncommon Holden often leaves his sentences dangling with words like and all and or anything Often he uses these phrases to extend some indescribable emotion or action like how my parents were occupied and all before they had me and theyre nice and all Many times there is no significance at all to the expressions as in was in the Revolutionary War and all It was December and all and no gloves or anything Salinger 5-7 Not only does Holden speak like this at the beginning of the novel but also throughout the entire novel making this pattern a part of his character Therefore the and all and or anything tags to Holdens speech serve to make his speech authentic and individual Salinger intentionally used such speech repetition to individualize Holden and at the same time make him a believable teenager of the early 1950sMoreover Holden has other expressions that appear consistently throughout the novel In some places the expressions only serve to make Holden more realistic while in other places Holden is trying to reinforce his values
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