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Catcher in the Rye

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Holden as the Narrator

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What is the best possible reason for Holden to be talking to the reader directly when he states the following?

“You remember I said before that Ackley was a slob, he always looked good when he was finished cleaning himself up, but he was a secret slob anyway”?

A

Holden wants the reader to agree with him, forming a relationship of trust with the reader.

B

Holden is trying to persuade the reader that, although the final outcome does not support it, Ackley is far from being a neat person.

C

Holden is attempting to create a pre-existing notion of Ackley so the audience views Holden in a more positive light.

D

Holden wants the reader to believe negative things about Ackley because he does not like Ackley.

E

Holden is testing the audience to see if he can manipulate their thoughts and views on other characters in the novel.