The Meaning Of Catcher In The Rye

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The title If you remember what the title meant, "catcher in the rye", the title refers to the song “if a body catch a body comin thro the rye.” Holden mistakenly interprets the song to be about a person who stands in a rye field, near the edge of cliff, to stop the children from falling off the cliff. Similarly, James Castle’s name alludes to this theme of falling in the story. Castle falls out of his window to his demise, or out of his castle of higher ideals. His name is a kind of metaphor that Salinger uses to say that maturing is sometimes a harsh reality, or otherwise that allowing society to control you is a bad thing. Even while he is being pressured and tortured by the large group of boys, he chooses to jump out of his window rather
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