Summary Of ' The Rye '

1966 Words Apr 19th, 2015 8 Pages
Natalie Martin
April 19, 2015
English CP
Catcher in the Rye SG

1. Catcher in the Rye is titled as it is because when Holden is talking to Phoebe on page 93, he says, "I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody 's around--nobody big, I mean--except me. And I 'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff--I mean if they 're running and they don 't look where they 're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That 's all I 'd do all day. I 'd just be the catcher in the rye and all." He gets this idea from the poem by Robert Burns, "If a body meet a body coming through the rye," but he thinks it as, "If a body catch a body." Holden does not like a lot of people but he is drawn to Phoebe, nuns, and other children. The nuns give us another understanding of Holden and his character. After the conversation with the nuns we realize how compassionate Holden is. We can also see his compassion through Phoebe.

2. "What is Hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love," Dostoevsky says, relates to the theme of love in this novel. Holden feels too sincerely about people to close down, but he falls in love with Jane Gallagher. When he finds out Stradlater has a date with her he notices that everything he loves will eventually fall apart. The suffering of being…

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