An Analysis Of Literary Elements In Catcher In The Rye By Jerome David Salinger

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Catcher in the Rye by Jerome David Salinger is a story where Holden Caulfield, the speaker and hero of the tale, commences the narrating at his previous boarding school, Pencey Prep, in Agerstown. The bulk of the story later on takes place in New York City through Christmas. The substantial setting of the story is rather significant, because it exemplifies Holden´s solitude in New York. As a whole, this novel is developed like a recollection of Holden’s thoughts that ultimately culminated in his story. Literary elements of the novel also present themselves in harmony with the storyline. This allows J.D. Salinger to provide readers with an array of messages that are firmly presented through his use of both literary and rhetorical devices.
The novel kicks off by establishing Holden Caulfield, a 16 year old boy, as having dropped out of 3 schools already and on the verge of flunking his fourth, Pency Prep. He comes across as a very gloomy, dejected boy. “Catcher in the Rye”, written in slang, derived its title from Robert Burns’ line from a song. Holden Caulfied misquotes this line while laundering himself as a “catcher in the rye,” who is tasked with preventing the world's kids from losing their innocence.
Holden expresses everything as being phony and relentlessly searches for authenticity. He is a symbolization of an early hero of adolescent anguish, but filled with life. There are messages such as: teen depression, the coming of age/adulthood, loneliness, life as what you make it, self-endurance and the pains of growing up through adolescence. These points are given across the book from Salinger’s literary devices such as perspective and plot, and rhetorical devices like imagery. The effect these devices give involves attracti...

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