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The title of the novel The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger has a substantial connection to the story This title greatly explains the main character Holden Caulfield and his feelings towards life and human nature In society he has found enormous corruption vulgarity harm and havoc He knows that the children of the world are ruined by the corruption of adults around them and he states later in the novel his new purpose in life will be to help save the children from this vulgarity Holden wants to be a Catcher in the Rye We first hear the title of the novel being used in chapter 16 and in chapter 22 we have the full explanation of this title Human dignity is vital to Holdens existence and the only way to guarantee this on a long term basis is to assist children in maintaining their innocence from the dangers of adulthood In chapter 16 we have the first reference to the meaning of the novels title The Catcher in the Rye Holden hears a little boy singing to himself a verse which makes Holden very happy If a body catch a body coming through the rye Page 115 It is difficult to understand why Holden is made happy by the little boys singing unless one has an idea of what the song means to Holden The little boy is described by Holden in gentle caring terms The kid was swell He was walking in the street instead of on the sidewalk but right next to the curb He was making out like he was walking a very straight line the way kids do and the whole time he kept singing and humming Page 115 Holden notes that the childs parents pay no attention to him To Holden this child represents innocence and youth unspoiled by adult immorality Holden wishes to serve humanity by safeguarding the innocence and
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