Catcher In The Rye Symbolism

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The symbolisms of the title and the idea of being the “catcher in the rye” are represented by the following when Phoebe asks Holden “What he would like to do with his life?” the Museum of Natural History, and The Central Park Lagoon ducks. During this book Holden is walking past a church, a family comes out and their younger son is walking by the road, singing the song “If a body catch a body comin’ thro’ the rye” by Robert Burns. Once Holden hears the song it creates a picture in his head. When Phoebe asked Holden the question, he says the image originated from hearing the song “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye”. Holden envisions a rye field resting upon a cliff with a bunch of children playing together. He wants to be their hero and save the children from falling off of the cliff by “catching” the children. When Phoebe broke the news to Holden that he didn’t hear the lyrics correctly, he envisioned something different. Phoebe tells him that the song “If a body catch a body comin’ thro’ the rye” is inquiring whether it is okay to have a romantic bond out in the fields away from the community. It’s a surprise, how the meaning of the word “meet” can also signify a relationship that can lead up to a sexual encounter. Holden exchanges the word with “catch” to consider a different significance in his mind. Holden wants to protect…show more content…
He always felt like the displays were unchanging and never moved. Time stands still at the museum. Holden was a boy that didn’t like change and he felt that every time he saw the displays at the museum, he was a different person. The museum signifies a separate world where everything is the always the same; very humble, clear, and never changing. The museum’s world is the place Holden has the desire to live in. He is timid about facing challenges and dislikes any type of conflict. Holden never really understood his younger brother’s death and is afraid of getting to close to

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