As the novel opens, the narrator, Holden Caulfield, speaks directly to the reader from a mental hospital in southern California. He says that he will tell us, the readers, of events (madman stuff) occurring around Christmastime of the previous year. However, goes off on a tangent about his older brother, D.B. a writer in nearby Hollywood who visits Holden nearly every weekend.
As we read these opening chapters, pay special attention to Holden's tone. We as readers realize that Holden is not a traditional narrator. He avoids details about his birth, his parents, and "all that David Copperfield kind of crap". Holden speaks in the vernacular of a teenager of his day (the late 1940s). The his first person point of view is unique to Holden but easily accessible to the rebels, romantics, innocents, and dreamers of any generation.
Now is Holden's anger just typical teenage angst or is it warranted? What makes you angry? How do you cope with your "anger"?
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