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Jill B asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

What is the meaning of "The Catcher in the Rye"?

And i don't mean the story or anything, i mean the TITLE itself.

What does it mean?

The Catcher... in the Rye.

What's a rye?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Have you read the book? It's like a big wheat field and the main character wishes to be the "Catcher in the Rye" when children are playing too close to a cliff, he wants to be the one that saves them.

    Edit: Holden: "You know that song, 'If a body catch a body comin' through the rye'?..."

    Phoebe: "It's 'If a body meet a body coming through the rye'!... It's a poem. By Robert Burns."

    "Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing 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'm 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 they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be." ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 22, spoken by the character Holden Caulfield

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  • 4 years ago

    Rye Meaning

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  • Lisa
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    4 years ago

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  • 4 years ago

    what is the meaning of catcher in the rye

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  • 4 years ago

    What is the story about??? The meaning? Could it be about people we meet? Read it and get back to us please!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Rye is like wheat, haven't you heard of rye bread?

    And rye grows like wheat, quickly and a weed if not controlled.

    The protagonist was amongst the weeds (rye) but someone helped him out of it (the catcher).

    Okay, I made that all up. We have google for a reason, you know.

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