What is the point of view of The Catcher in the Rye?

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The Catcher in the Rye is told from the first-person singular point of view, specifically from Holden Caulfield's perspective. First-person narration is when a story is told from the perspective of one character at a time. The narrator shares the events happening throughout the story from their own perspective, using the pronouns "I" or "we." Holden Caulfield is also considered an unreliable narrator, which is a narrator whose perception and account of events cannot be trusted or taken at face value. Holden directly tells the reader,

"I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera" (Salinger, 9).

Holden portrays himself as a struggling, jaded teenager who has a negative perception of the world around him. He continually exaggerates, applies stereotypes, and contradicts himself throughout the entire novel. Holden views anything associated...

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