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The passage of adolescence has long served as the central theme for many novels but The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger has captured the energy of this period of life by dramatizing Holden Caulfields somewhat obscene language and emotional reactions The Catcher in the Rye deals with an intelligent yet confused teenage boy struggling to see the genuineness in society During his experiences Holden tends to use easy natural but controversial language to help get his point across in an effective manner As a result the themes and messages Salinger attempts to get across appear more natural and believable as if one was talking to Holden himself Although seemingly inappropriate for society the language used in throughout the novel is very appropriate for the character At the time of the novel through today Holdens speech rings true to the colloquial speech of teenagers which includes both simple description and cursing For example Holden says Quite amusing and all Pg 83 referring to the taxi driver This oversimplifies the taxi driver implying that Holden does not necessarily want to praise or demean the man Also Holden states that he will not tell his whole goddamn autobiography or anything Pg 1 which indicates Holdens hostility right from the start of the novel The reader can easily pick up on Holdens stubbornness and views simply from his language which can help in defining the character Holden tends to use choice phrases to end his sentences such as and all and or anything throughout the novel Using these phrases it can be said that these speech patterns are character traits since not everyone uses them Also Holden tend to use the phrase if you want to know the truth at the conclusion of many of his sentences He feels compelled to verify his statements and prove that he is not lying which may indicate a lot of his character Because Holden failed out of a lot of
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