Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(8); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.060817.
Zhengwu Chen, Yu Liu
Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics, Zhengzhou, China
J. D. Salinger’s first novel The Catcher in the Rye was written in 1951 and was considered as a classical book in global literature. Holden’s life of three days and two nights was presented to us by a first-person narrator. I think the first-person narrator Holden was unreliable and I backed my opinion in analyzing the context, logical reasoning and the author Salinger’s reflection on Holden. The author Salinger lived in America in 1950s when there was great success in material but vacancy of spiritual values. The relationship between people and nature was alienating and people began to search for their egos solitarily. The author’s topic was clearly been exposed through Holden’s hardships and Salinger’s reflection on Holden: the theme of alienation.
The Catcher in the Rye; First-person narrator; Reliability; Reflection
Zhengwu Chen, Yu Liu. A Narrative Study of the First-person Narrator in the Catcher in the Rye. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 8: 89-94. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.060817.
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