Catcher In The Rye Rhetorical Analysis

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Rhetorical Analysis Essay The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is written for a teenage and young adult audience. The reader knows this statement is true because throughout the book Holden had some things that the wrong audience would not like or be able to relate. One would say that because Holden is a minor he should not be making lots of important decisions that would affect him later. This does not mean only teenagers would like this book but it does mean that teens can relate to Holden the best. The reader knows that this book is for teenage and young adult audience because Holden has very bad language all of the time and he swears in any situation. This is true because in the first couple pages Holden swears multiple times, for…show more content…
There are two very bad decisions that Holden has in this book. One of which is his smoking habits, “I must have smoked about three cartons that day” (p.161). This quote took place when Holden had just come home but his parents did not know he was there. When he was reading Phoebe’s notebook he was starting to miss being home, that is when he started to feel sad and so he smoked, a lot. Only a teenager can really relate to this because Holden was not straight with his parents, every teenager has lied to their parents at some point. This is a bad choice because as a minor Holden is hurting his future by smoking that young. Another thing that is not a good idea is buying a prostitute, “five bucks a throw. Fifteen bucks the whole night” (p.91). Holden was bored and wide awake in his hotel room in New York. Holden decided to go to the bar and hang out but in the elevator the worker offers him a prostitute, Holden decided that he should so he talked his way into something he did not really want. Even today these two things that Holden got into are unacceptable, a minor smoking and buying a prostitute. The reader knows that The Catcher in the Rye is for a younger but mature audience because of how Holden acts throughout this book. The reason for this thesis is because of how he acts and the decisions or situations could be taken the wrong way

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