The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

654 Words Jan 26th, 2018 3 Pages
Is the main character an outfielder? Do I really have to read all of it, or can I use SparkNotes? These were the first questions that came to my mind when I received the first assignment notice that we would be reading The Catcher in the Rye for English class. The title is most likely the single most important word choice that the author must make. J.D. Salinger uses the title in the book to allude to more than just when Holden sees the young child singing. J.D. Salinger's title, The Catcher in the Rye, alludes to the conflict Holden faces of sexuality when growing up. The first reference made to the title of the book is when Holden is found in his usual setting of roaming the streets of Manhattan depressed. He passes by a family that is leaving church. When he walks by he notices the little boy is singing "If a body catch a body coming through the rye". For a moment, this makes Holden not so depressed because he is a fan of little children and their innocence to the world. The references to the title of the book disappear until a few chapters later when Phoebe corrects Holden that it is "if a body meets a body". She also corrects him on the fact that it is not a song, but rather a poem written by Robert Burns. Delving deeper, I looked at the entire poem by Robert Burns. The poem reads as the following: "Coming thro' the Rye" (1796)

Coming thro' the rye, poor body,
Coming thro' the rye,
She draiglet a' her petticoatie
Coming thro' the…
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