Catcher In The Rye

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In Class Essay- Catcher in the Rye In the excerpt from Catcher in the Rye, the author: J.D. Salinger tries to effectively describe Holden Caulfield and define his view of life of discontent and apathy. His apathy is directed to minute details and discontent is towards his life and wanting to be more and bigger than everyone around him who lives the mainstream way of life (being occupied with their own lives). The author presents Pheobe so the reader can see these traits of Holden better. To effectively show this, he uses rhetorical strategies such as italicizing words, and the use of punctuation and repetition. In this excerpt, J.D. Salinger used italics to show the change in tone of the character. This rhetorical strategy is useful in defining Caulfield and his view of life. An example of this would be when his sister Phoebe corrects him and tells him the poem was by Robert Burns. Holden comes back by saying “I know it’s a power by Robert Burns”. The author does this to show the change tone which Holden presents in the sentence. His change to a serious tone indicated his little regard to minute details; he only cared about the bigger picture. This also could be used to describe to describe his view on life seeing that he thought people were “boring” if they were just like everyone else and cared about the little details. The author also uses italics to emphasize words like in this sentence: “I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them”. Just as the Salinger used italics for the same purpose, to show how Holden only cared about the main idea, which in this case was his unrealistic role as the “Catcher in the Rye”. Holden seemed to try to get the point of what he was trying to tell his sister while she kept on correcting him. Another strategy used by the author to effectively

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