J. D. Salinger's Use Of Language In The Catcher In The Rye

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1.) During the introduction of the story, Holden 's tone is sarcastic and foreshadows the use of tone to be implemented throughout the rest of the story. When Holden introduced his parents, he stated, "but they 're also touchy as hell. Besides, I 'm not going to tell you my whole goddam autobiography or anything" (3). Salinger uses word choice and common slang to exhibit the mood of Holden Caulfield. Salinger 's diction is illustrated using words like, "hell" and "goddam." J.D. Salinger applies vernacular to the character of Holden Caulfield for emphasis during the introduction chapter.

2.) After Holden was expelled from school, Mr. Spencer, Holden 's history teacher, spent time with Holden and discussed teaching from the previous semester.
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Haas, to define whether a person is fraudulent or not, "I mean if a boy 's mother was sort of fat...old Haas would just shake the hands with them and give them a phony smile and then he 'd go talk, for maybe an hour, with somebody else 's parents" (19). Holden uses Mr. Haas to illustrate between a phony and a non-phony because he stereotypes people based on their appearances. When Holden was referring to his school, he stated, "Pencey was full of crooks" (7). Based on the previous assumption that "phonies" are ones who generalize people, therefore Holden would also be considered to be a phony as he made an audacious conclusion of the people at Pencey Prep.

7.) Holden, who bough a Red Hunting Hat after an unsuccessful fencing match, cared about his hat after he, "swung the old peak way around the back--- very corny, I 'll admit, but I liked it that way. I looked good in it that way" (24). The Red Hunting Hat illustrates Holden 's individual predilection and how the hat causes Holden to feel unique. The way that Holden would swing the peak to the front and back signifies how the expansiveness of the peaks represents the intrepidness of the mountain, while when the peaks face towards the back, embodies Holden 's
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Holden 's thoughts about Ackley are depicted when Ackley barged in on Holden while he was reading, "Finally I put my book down on the floor. You couldn 't read anything with a guy like Ackley around. It was impossible" (28). Holden thought that Ackley was trouble, as he irritated Holden while he tried to sit on his own. On the other hand, Stradlater was another inhabitant of the living quarters, in which Holden was envious of. When Stradlater entered, he requested Holden to, "[write] a composition or me, for English? I 'll be up the creek if I don 't get the goddam thing in by Monday, the reason I ask" (37). Stradlater, who basically takes advantage of Holden, wants him to write his composition for him as Holden is a talented

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