Vulgar Language In Catcher In The Rye

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The Philosophy Faculty, Pro. Dr. Srebren Dizdar and Alpaslan Toker (HoldenCaulfield), states, “…Holden’s use of language also serves to highlight an important distinction between two worlds – the decentered materialistic world and Holden’s personal world of innocence. In the book, Holden makes use of vulgar phrases. His rude and vulgar speech his self-possessive, verbalized recognition of the weird values of his prep school mates; but in his personal and private world, which includes a secret goldfish, his dead brother, his sister Phoebe, Jane Callagher , the nuns, and all animals, he makes use of a literate and articulate English. The literacy accuracy, with which Holden makes use of vulgar language in a common world, is distinctly detached,…show more content…
His central theme is the struggle of growing up in a world full of “phonies”. Instead of admitting that adulthood scares him, Holden creates a fantasy that adulthood is a world of hypocrisy and dishonesty, while childhood is the reverse. “Holden’s Irony in Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye” by Lisa Privitera the writer clarifies, in her review of the Catcher in the Rye, she indicates that Holden has allowed himself to live in the absurdity of the world. He wants to search for a solution about his place in the world, but he does not do anything to proceed his quest. His final words, “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody” (Salinger 214), tell the world that he made connections and feels the intensity of emotions these connections being up for him and that blissful ignorance might have been the better choice He is finally coming to grips with himself…” (Privitera 250). At the end of the novel, Holden is still evasive, and refuses to commit to himself, but he shows self-confidence about what he will be doing with his life and the influences of the teen years are fading. The image of two worlds which Holden had fantasized is that he visualizes childhood as a peaceful field of rye in where children would play and would not lose their innocence; adulthood, for the children of this world, resembles death—a deadly
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