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In J D Salingers Catcher in the Rye there are many themes that are perceptible however the most dominant theme was embedded in the title of the book This is why in this essay I will address the significance of the title of this book At the very outset I will like to state what the title signified The title established Holden Caulfield the protagonists obligations in life as stated by himself Holden wished to serve humanity by safeguarding the innocence and purity of children by protecting them from the evils of life and more directly the dangers of the adult world There were many instances in this novel when this meaning was supported After having evaluated these instances the reader was readily able to notice how the title of this book described andor influenced the protagonists nature The author made a direct reference to the title in Chapter 22 when Holden returned to Phoebe his younger sisters room just after having sneaked back home in order to seek salvation through her I figured Id better sneak home and see her Phoebe in case I died and all When Phoebe found out that Holden had been expelled from yet another school she became upset and complained that Holden didnt like anything She asked him what he would like to be and Holden answered I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all Thousands of little kids and nobodys around - nobody big I mean - except me And Im standing on the edge of some crazy cliff What I have to do I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if theyre running and they dont look where theyre going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them Thats all Id do all day Id just be the catcher in the rye and all I
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