Holden Caulfye Writing Style Analysis

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The author J. D. Salinger has a very unique form of writing style. First and foremost the author has very long complex sentences as well as short sentences. For example the author wrote, “Once, at the Whooton School, this other boy, Raymond Goldfarb, and I bought a pint of Scotch and drank it in the chapel one Saturday night, where nobody’d see us”(Salinger 118). The author's word choice is simple because the character is only a teen in the book. For example, “They give guys the ax quite frequently at Pencey”(Salinger 7). This example is good because it is an average sentence in the book. There are not really many long and formal words in the book. I would say the author's writing is very loose and casual because he uses a lot of cuss words …show more content…
This is a very memorable quote because there were many people in the book who told Holden Caulfield he needed to grow up. Another memorable quote was when Holden said, “‘Get your dirty stinking moron knees off my chest”’(Salinger 57). This is a very memorable quote because moron was Holden’s favorite word to describe people he doesn’t like. In this particular part of the book each time he said it he made Stradlater more and more mad with him. Another quote is when Holden said, “‘Holden Caulfield’s my name.’ I should’ve given her a phony name, but I didn’t think of it”(Salinger 85). Phony is also a very memorable word whether Holden is talking about himself or calling other people a phony. He called almost everybody a phony except for maybe members of his family. Another memorable quote is, “‘Daddy’s going to kill you. He’s going to kill you,’ she said”(Salinger 224). This is when Holden comes home early and right off the bat his little sister Phoebe knows that he has been kicked out of Pencey. She says this over and over again while Holden is trying to talk to her and explain what happened. The last quote was the note Mr. Antolini gave him, “‘The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one’”(Salinger 244). This is a wise quote that means that a mature man wants to be remembered for a …show more content…
Holden Caulfield is the first and the main character of the book. The significance of Holden is he is a main part of the story and the story is told from his point of view which adds some details to the story and changes the way it is viewed. Allie Caulfield was Holden’s brother who died of leukemia at an early age. Even though Allie was not physically part of the plot his death was a big factor in Holden’s emotional breakdown that lead to him telling the story. His death also impacted the way he interacted with other people and affected the way Holden viewed people. Phoebe Caulfield was Holden’s sister. She kept Holden sane and kept him from running away by telling she was going to go with him and never go back to school again. Stradlater was Holden’s roommate at Pencey. Stradlater contributed to Holden leaving Pencey early by beating him up for calling him a moron. This caused him to go on this long journey for a few days to avoid going home and having to face his parents after getting kicked out of school yet again. Sally was one of the girls that Holden liked. Holden thought he was crazy for falling in love with her. He shows his immaturity when he meets old friends and in this case he called Sally a pain in the butt just because she would not leave with him and go to Massachusetts. The nuns were a couple of good characters in the book. Holden made a contribution in the old basket. The nuns did not want

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