Analysis of the Catcher in the Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye From what I have heard the meaning of Catcher in the Rye is like “räddaren I nöden” in Swedish. When we for the first time stumble into this mysterious expression Holden overhears a little kid singing, “if a body catch a body coming through the rye”. And from what I believe Holden becomes a little less depressed when he hears this song, so obviousely the title itself has a positive impact on the main character as well. But if the title has a bigger impact in the book, is yet hard to say. However Holden starts to dream about how he catches little kids in the rye from falling out of the cliff, and then how he throw them back in to the rye were they play baseball, so his job is to maintain the kids playing and keeping them safe from their own secure death, and therefore he is protecting their innocence. 2.Holden Caulfield is a 16 year old boy that tries to find himself out there in the big blue world. Although Holden Caulfield is a very smart and sensitive person, he narrates in a most criticizing and weary way. And what he criticize is the world around him, which he finds unbearable and hard to live in. I think that this pessimism of his is a way to protect himself from his own weaknesses, and that he do this partly so that he can forget how boring and unfair the adult life can be, easily said he does not wont to grow up because he is afraid that he will realize his own flaws and be crushed emotionally because of this hard realization. And that is also one thing that marks out who Holden Caulfield really is, he is a boy who does not know how he should manage how he feels and therefore he is afraid of his own feelings in a strange kind of way. To sum up Holden Caulfield-s personality from this brief analysis I would say that he is a complete emotional wreck-ship that has hit the bottom and having a hard time getting up to the surface. Holden

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