In J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, the first person
narration is critical in helping the reader to know and understand
the main character, Holden Caulfield. Holden, in his narration,
relates a flashback of a significant period of his life, three days
and nights on his own in New York City. Through his narration,
Holden discloses to the reader his innermost thoughts and feelings.
He thus provides the reader not only with information
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relationships are often on his mind. Unfortunately, in
Holden's case, he seems to expect the worst, believing that the
result of getting close to people is pain. Pain when others reject
you or pain when they leave you, such as when a friend walks off or
a beloved brother dies. It would not have been possible to feel
Holden's feelings or understand his thoughts nearly as well had the
book been written in third person.