The Catcher in the Rye

what kind of tone is established in the first paragraph,and how is it done?

if you really want to hear about it,the first thing youll probably want to know is where was i born,and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me

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Holden Caulfield is famously sarcastic and bitterly cynical. We get this in the first paragraph. Holden begrudgingly reveals to us the hypocrisy of his world and implies that he somehow is above it all. We sense his disgust with it all but somehow it seems like the kid is trying way too hard to convince us of something that he is not. The tone is exactly like this for the whole novel but I suppose this is why Holden is such a famous and loved character of intellectual teenage angst.