The title of The Catcher in the Rye is a play on "Comin' Thro the Rye," a Robert Burns lyric that represents the main character's desire to maintain childhood innocence. The first mention of a "catcher in the rye" appears in Chapter 16. If a corpse is discovered while passing through the rye. It is said that a "catcher in the rye" has found something.
This phrase alludes to the fact that during the time period when the book is set (1919-1950), baseball was becoming more popular and many new stadiums were being built. In some cases, old ballparks were being remodeled or replaced with new ones. This means that if someone's dead body is found near one of these places there would be a good chance that it could be identified as belonging to someone specific.
In this case, the person would have been identified using his/her uniform number which would have been placed on an identification tag known as a "Rye Tag". If you look up "catcher in the rye" on Wikipedia, it says that this phrase is also used as a euphemism for death.
This book is considered a classic example of a novel about adolescence. Adolescence is defined as the stage of life between childhood and adulthood; it is characterized by physical changes, psychological developments, and social adjustments.
The lines in The Catcher in the Rye below are either said by Holden Caulfield or allude to Holden Caulfield. You may also view the various personalities and topics associated with each quotation (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:).
Holden speaks for an audience of one when he says, "Sometimes I think people my age should be required to keep a diary/or take out a policy." Young adults today don't keep diaries, so why would they want to keep memories of their past misadventures? Perhaps because it's important to remember where you've been if you want to know where you're going.
He also says, "People my age are just children who have been taught how to behave intelligently." This is probably one of Holden's most famous lines. It means that young adults start off as irresponsible as any other age group but through trial and error learn how to become more responsible adults.
Finally, he says, "I don't know what I'd do without music. It can really get you through bad times." Music is something that every young adult needs in their life; it doesn't matter what kind of music you like, as long as you like some kind of music then you're set.
Holden attributes his ability to throw baseballs far into left field to music.
The Catcher in the Rye is a bildungsroman in the sense that it follows a significant event in the young protagonist's life, is presented in flashback, and chronicles the protagonist's struggle to move from childhood to maturity. However, the novel does not focus on the event itself, but on the effects of the event--or more specifically, on how others react to it. Thus, it lacks many of the characteristics usually associated with this genre.
The Catcher in the Rye was written by American author J.D. Salinger. The story is set in New York City in the early 1950s and focuses on 13-year-old Holden Caulfield, who moves with his family to an old house in New York City after his father gets a job there. During its publication, the book became a national sensation and is considered one of the most important novels in American literature.
Holden is a brilliant but troubled youth who has been expelled from several different schools for being a bad influence. He meets a group of older girls at a party and is fascinated by one of them, Phoebe Gottleib, who goes by the nickname "Cathy". Holden tries to get close to her by pretending to be her boyfriend, but when this fails, he uses her real name instead. When Cathy doesn't return his calls, Holden writes her a letter telling about himself and his problems.
In terms of literary style, Jerome David Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is genuinely distinctive. The novel is narrated in the second person by a character named Holden Caulfield and is written in a free manner known as "stream of consciousness writing."
Holden is a 16-year-old American high school student who lives with his family in New York City. The story follows Holden as he goes on various adventures around New York City and New Jersey with his friends Sandy Lyle and Phil Ochs. It is during these adventures that Holden reveals himself to be cynical and ironic much like Seneca Falls High School girl Sarah Lawrence, who was also an adolescent male in early 20th century New York.
Holden's voice is simple, direct, and often humorous; he rarely expresses opinion about anything except music and girls. Yet despite his apparent indifference in most situations, he is a deeply thoughtful narrator who shows an understanding of human nature that only comes from having been in the same places and done the same things.
The novel's original title was I Can't Stand Philadelphie. It was suggested by Phoebe Brand, an editor at Harper & Brothers, who felt that the word "philadelphic" would make the book more saleable to readers outside New York City.