What's An Example Of Dramatic Irony In J.D. Salinger's, 'The Catcher in the Rye'?


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Pippa Corbett Profile
Pippa Corbett answered
Dramatic irony occurs when the words a character says in a story have a different contextual meaning to the reader than they do to the character him/herself. The Catcher in the Rye is a book written by American author J.D. Salinger.

Dramatic irony is used to great effect in the novel, through the character of Holden Caulfield.

Examples of dramatic irony in 'The Catcher in the Rye' Holden is very vocal about his disdain for God and organized religion throughout the book. Nevertheless, he later goes on to admit that he 'admires Jesus'. This is an example of dramatic irony in play.

If you've ever read the book, The Catcher in the Rye, you may have noticed that Holden likes to criticize people for being 'phony' or insincere.

However, the attributes that Holden sees as phony are all prevalent in his own personality - even though he can't see it himself.

This is a good example of dramatic irony, because it's obvious to the reader that Holden is actually being critical of things that he himself embodies.

This tone continues throughout the book, and is central to the themes of 'teenage-angst' and 'coming-of-age' contained in the novel.
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Jillian Peppe answered
An example of a quote that shows dramatic irony in The Catcher in the Rye is: "One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies".
"I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life." he admits.

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