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Essay | Catcher in the Rye - Is Holden a Trustworthy Narrator?

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Catcher in the Rye - Is Holden a Trustworthy Narrator?

Summary: Shows how Holden is not a trustworthy narrator in the book.
The Jaded Narrator

The problem with most first person narratives is that there is only one point of view. In The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caufield shares his past experiences as a distressed teenager. The entire story is told through his own troubled mind, which often distorts the experiences to benefit his own well being. Salinger portrays the reason behind Holden's immaturity by demonstrating his untrustworthy qualities.

Most of Holden's views contradict themselves because of Holden's own confusion. This confusion blinds him from being able to realize that most of his criticism is against himself. Salinger clearly presents this after Stradlader hits Holden. "All that blood and all sort of made me look tough. I'd only been in about two fights in my life, and I lost both of them. I'm not too tough. I'm...

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This section contains 458 words
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