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The title of the book A Catcher in the Rye is reflected in the mistaken words of a poem by Robert Burns Holden thought it was If a body catch a body coming through the rye Thats what he wanted to be The only older individual in a group of kids in the rye that he would catch them before they fall off the cliff Many events caused this belief or illusion that he could stop people falling off and eventually he came to many realisationsHolden Caulfield was believe it or not an average teenager in an adult world with many conflicting ideas and thoughts He was trying to establish his own personality and was searching for secure values Yet he found nearly everyone and everything to be phoney He observed that the principal shook hands with rich parents while discarding the poorer and that most people were hypocrites It was these plus many more phoney elements that Holden did not want the kids to see - kids like Phoebe He was protecting them against the adult and materialistic world and was catching them before they fell He had already seen too many falls and in fact it was these people who fell who fell into the category of non-phoniness This was probably because Holdens memories of them remained pure Many people fell James Castle fell out of the window and Allie fell to death He thought that these innocent people had gone They had been eaten by the phoniness and that they didnt have a catcher to protect them from harm Holden wanted to prevent any more of this happening by being the catcher himselfBut being the catcher it distanced himself from many characters in the book He stayed away from everyone who he thought was phony hypocritical or had bad habits In fact he did not come past many people who were not in the above category What made him stay away As
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