The Catcher in theRye: ch. 22-24The New York Times - 4/23/13“Unraveling Boston Suspects‟ OnlineLives, Link by Link,” by Michiko KakutaniGiven the layers of irony, sarcasm and joking often employed onTwitter, it can be difficult to parse the messages of a stranger. Yetsome of them can seem menacing or portentous, given what wenow suspect: “a decade in america already, I want out,” “Neverunderestimate the rebel with a cause” or “No one is really violentuntil they‟re with the homies.” But others suggest a more HoldenCaulfield-like adolescent alienation: “some people are justmisunderstood by the world thus the increase of suicide rates.”Sometimes, Dzhokhar sounds downright sentimental (unless, ofcourse, he is being ironic): “There are enough worms for all thebirds stop killing each other for „em.”
The Catcher in theRye: ch. 22-24The New York Times - 4/23/13“The Young Salinger, Mordant Yet Hopeful,”by Dave Itzkoff
The Catcher in theRye: ch. 22-24Totallyubiquitous, some 62years later
The Catcher in theRye: ch. 22“You don‟t like anythingthat‟s happening.”—PhoebeCaulfieldJames CastleJesus ChristCourageousand innocentmartyrs
The Catcher in theRye: ch. 22What Holden actually likes:AlliePhoebeInnocenceand theinnocent
The Catcher in theRye: ch. 22The innocent Holdenmisinterprets, Robert Burns‟poem, “Comin‟ Thro the Rye”O, Jennys a weet, poor body,Jennys seldom dry:She draiglt a her petticoatie,Comin thro the rye!Comin thro the rye, poor body,Comin thro the rye,She draiglt a her petticoatie,Comin thro the rye!Gin a body meet a bodyComin thro the rye,Gin a body kiss a body,Need a body cry?Gin a body meet a bodyComin thro the glen,Gin a body kiss a body,Need the warl ken?Gin a body meet a bodyComin thro the grain;Gin a body kiss a body,The things a bodys ain.
Holden‟s Aspiration: to bethe “catcher in the rye”“You know that song, „If a body catch a bodycomin‟ through the rye‟? I‟d like—”“It‟s „If a body meet a body coming through therye!‟ ” old Phoebe said. “It‟s a poem. By RobertBurns.”“I know it‟s a poem by Robert Burns.”She was right, though. It is “If a body meet abody coming through the rye.” I didn‟t know itthen, though.“I thought it was „If a body catch a body,‟ ” Isaid. “Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kidsplaying some game in this big field of rye and all.Thousands of little kids, and nobody‟s around—nobody big, I mean—except me. And I‟mstanding on the edge of some crazy cliff. What Ihave to do, I have to watch everybody if they startto go over the cliff—I mean if they‟re running andthey don‟t look where they‟re going I have tocome out from somewhere and catch them.That‟s all I‟d do all day. I‟d just be the catcher inthe rye and all. I know it‟s crazy, but that‟s the onlything I‟d really like to be. I know it‟s crazy.”
Holden‟s Aspiration: to bethe “catcher in the rye”InnocenceAdulthood:Meanness andPhoninessHolden
The Catcher in theRye: ch. 23Mr. Antolini“He was a pretty youngguy, not much older thanmy brother D.B. …”“He was the one that finally picked up that boythat jumped out the window I told youabout, James Castle.“Then I took my hunting hat out of my coatpocket and gave it to her. She likes those kind ofcrazy hats… I‟ll bet she slept with it on.
The Catcher in theRye: ch. 24Holden flunks OralExpressionDigression!“But what I mean is, lots of time youdon‟t know what interests you most tillyou start talking about something thatdoesn’t interest you most.”“I mean he‟d [Mr. Vinson] keep telling you tounify and simplify… you can‟t hardly eversimplify and unify something just becausesomebody wants you to.”
The Catcher in theRye: ch. 24“I have a feeling that you‟re ridingfor some kind of a terrible, terriblefall.”“The whole arrangement‟s designed for men who, at sometime or other in their lives, were looking for something theirown environment couldn‟t supply them with… So they gave uplooking.”What it was, it was Mr. Antolini‟s hand. What he was doingwas, he was sitting on the floor right next to the couch, in thedark and all, and he was sort of petting me or patting me onthe goddam head.That kind of stuff‟s happened to me about twenty times since Iwas a kid.