The Catcher In The Rye Analysis

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Chapter 2 The importance of language and family

The argot used is, in both books is highly important, as language is used to make a connection between the reader and the character, by addressing directly the audience and involving them in the action, as phrases “What’s it going to be then, eh?” (Burgess, 1972, p. 1) and “if you really want to know” and “if you really want to hear about it” (Salinger, 1952, p. 1) are intended to invite the readers into the story. Besides the argot is critical to determine the identity of the characters as Nadsat (Teenagers slang) gives us another point of view about Alex, as it is “used to convey immaturity” (Nixon, n.d, p. 10) given that only teenagers used it and at the end of the book Alex stops using it as he has change, where Alex at the beginning shows an immature character that is in the search of a family system that evolves into an entire into a mature character. Holden use a similar technique in the Catcher in the Rye and he also use a first person narration characteristic of a passive voice style that introduces us into the action and personality of Holden, one example is when he talks about his brother Allie
My brother Allie had this left-handed fielders mitt. […] he had poems written all over the fingers and the pocket and everywhere.[…] He wrote them on it so he’d have something to read when he was in the field and nobody was up at bat. He’s death now. (p.43)
Where he conveys his feelings into the audience by passively
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