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Catcher in the Ryes pallid cover adorned only with seven multicolored bands in its upper-left corner is not what one would call eye-catching Its reverse side lacks criticisms or reviews of any sort in fact it is bare of anything except a copyright date Human beings are advised not to judge books by their covers rather that they should look further than the obvious and try to apprehend the implied meaning The world has peered past Catcher in the Ryes cover cracked its pure uniform shell of cardboard and discovered the novel of a decade a story that has now made the name Holden Caulfield synonymous with cynical adolescent Within the novel however there are more books into which we can read a bit more deeply - the characters It seems quite obvious that their personalities correspond with the root meanings of their names Would brilliant author JD Salinger pick the name Holden for the protagonist without reason Analysis uncovers connections between themes and mannerisms that are far too relevant to have been coincidental Holden Caulfield his younger sister Phoebe and a cast of minor characters such as Ackley James Castle Carl Luce Faith Cavendish and Sally Hayes are several characters whose names display these connections As the novel opens Holden Caulfield stands poised on a hill separating him from the rest of his school at the annual football game He is both isolated from and above the level of his peers watching the big game from a distance His position is a metaphor for his views on life The phoniness of life disgusts him and he longs to live in a world free of the tainted hypocrisy he is seeing more and more of as he grows older He sees the game as a collection of the phonies he detests and is avoiding joining them He is Holden back not allowing himself to become a part of the ugliness he sees in virtually everyone
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