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  • Speech
  • Thoughts 
  • Actions 
  • Holden wants to be in adulthood he says, “Would you care for a cocktail?’ I asked her. I was feeling in the mood for one myself. “We can go in the club car. All right?”(61).  Holden is in high school going to a club this exemplifies his want for adulthood.
  • Effects
  • Holden has many private thoughts just about everything. J.D. Salinger writes the thoughts to sharply contrast with Holden’s Actions. For example, Holden goes through stages of depression and says, “I was feeling sort of lousy. Depressed  and all. I almost wished I was dead” (101). Holdens thoughts has the reader guessing whether he is hyperbolically speaking or being for real.
  • Looks 
  • Holden’s actions reflect on who he is as a person and how he doesn't want to be a “kid” anymore. In the text he picks up all his belongings and leaves, ”I’ll bet I woke up every bastard on the whole floor. Then I got the hell out" (54). 
  • Credits : Emma Nations and Carley Jones 
  • Many kids annoy Holden, J.D. Salinger includes this in the text because he is relating to the average high school student. “One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton hills was because I was surrounded by a bunch of phonies” (7). 
  • Holden gets on the subway his conversation with the women contrasts his want to be an adult. Grey hair is a motif of an adult. In the subway he says, “And actually I have quite a bit on gray hair.” I turned sideways and showed her my gray hair” (65).
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