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Catcher in the Rye

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The Opening Paragraph

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Consider the tone, language, and diction that Holden uses in the first sentence of Catcher in the Rye:

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

Of the following choices, which is the BEST description of Holden's tone and attitude towards the reader?

A

The language Holden uses is condescending and suggests that he assumes that the recipient of his story is much less intelligent than he is.

B

Holden's language and tone have a biting and harsh effect, perhaps due to the fact that he is angry about what he deems was a “lousy childhood.”

C

That Holden dismisses Dickens' David Copperfield reveals his disregard for the author's work, and his cynical and philistine attitude towards art in a more general sense.

D

Holden begins talking about himself reluctantly, as though the reader's need to hear his story is much stronger than his need to tell it.

E

Holden's tone reveals his unstable psychological state and the serious emotional trouble he is experiencing.