Novels In JD Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye

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Some books are memorable, others are not. Some will leave you reflecting for days, while others are forgotten within hours. What makes some novels go out with a ‘bang’, while others seem to ‘just end’? In most cases, the answer is the ending. The ending of a novel is an extremely important part of a story, as it is the final element to stick in the reader 's mind (of course, character appeal and the story itself are major to the effect of the book too). Authors use many techniques to improve upon their ending. For example; the book The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger, uses multiple effective techniques to leave the reader content yet longing for answers. Through the use of symbolism in setting and objects, insightful soliloquies, and using…show more content…
The ambiguity in the message relates to the Holden’s overall inconsistency with his opinions and personality. Throughout the book, we get the idea that, although he does like meeting his friends, Holden hates, or at least believes he hates, most people (excluding children of course). However, this final sentence implies Holden has in fact ‘started missing everybody’, meaning he is possibly finally growing up and losing his unreasonable hatred of others. On the other hand, it can also be taken into account that Holden actually regrets ever talking to anyone, as the pain of losing them out balances the joy he gets from his relationships. This would mean that throughout the novel Holden hasn 't changed that much after all. It is also noticeable that J.D. Salinger is in fact addressing a moral to the reader through Holden’s voice. J.D. Salinger wrote this book when he was torn away from his family and friends by WWII. J.D. Salinger in fact finalised his book with a moral connected to his real life experience. While at war, he must have deeply missed his past life, and desired to translate what he was going through into the book. Ending the book with an epilogue presents the reader with a calm yet dramatic ending, leaving him/her reflecting upon the true meaning of the final

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