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THE CATCHER IN THE RYE By JD Salinger The Catcher In The Rye a novel written by JD Salinger is appropriate reading for todays youth although he wrote this book in 1951 It is apparent that this title has a lot to do with the contents of the book Holden Caulfield the main character said at one point I mean theyre all right if they go around saving innocent guys lives all the time He is speaking to the reader and the idea of saving is the catcher It is the same as in a baseball game When a ball comes to the outfield you must do your best to catch it and without excuses In addition the catcher behind the plate can save the game Holden Caulfield is the catcher with nowhere to go or anything significant to save The rye is like a field where a baseball team plays although it grows tall and Holden gets lost inside Holden needed to feel like a savior One day at the museum after writing his sister Phoebe a note to meet him there he had an urgent need to be a catcher to save Phoebe and the other kids There was profane language on the wall and he did not want them reading it He thought it may corrupt them and said It drove me damn near crazy The title also relates to the theme which is essentially that Holden Caulfield a prep-school dropout seems only to relate to his younger sister Phoebe He is an adolescent who finds himself alone lost and troubled in addition to being a compulsive liar He tries to make sense out of life but hes so confused that he cannot Holden saw other reasons why people do things not just what is on the surface Then he thought that they were phonies especially the lawyers who he said do not really save the innocent guys What they
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