The Catcher In The Rye

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The Catcher In the Rye, a magnificent and extraordinary for the time being novel written by J. D. Salinger contains multiple symbols, the pivotal one being the title itself. In this essay I am going to explain the meaning and impact of the title as a scheming representation of Holden’s (the book’s protagonist) motives and philosophy. For most of the plot, the story takes place in a vast, yet gloomy setting of New York City in the 1950’s. The The author, portraits the eccentric, in times sinister side of humans, through the eyes of the book’s main character, who cannot find acceptance in the obscure world around him. Holden’s lack of reception results in him distancing himself from the surrounding, wanting to become “The Catcher in the Rye”.…show more content…
In the book, though, the poem doesn’t appear itself, instead we come across the song adaptation, which was popular amongst kids in that time. Holden, hears a child humming the song, when he walks on the sidewalk and it immediately becomes stuck in his head. But in order to understand the impact it had on his later motives, we need to understand the meaning of the song itself and Holden’s misconception of it. Originally, the poem, is about a girl named Jenny, who walks through a field of rye, then has casual sex with someone - “Gin a body meet a body Coming thro' the rye”. (“If a body meet a body coming through the rye” in the modern song version) Holden, on the other hand, mishears the part as “if a body catch a body coming through the Rye” which creates a completely different story in his mindset. On the contrary to the original, Holden imagines children playing in a field of rye, near the edge of a cliff, and him catching them when they start to fall

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