The Catcher within the Rye

The Catcher within the Rye


Chapter 1


In the event that you want to know the truth if you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it.

This will be an allusion to your novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, which tells the tale regarding the name character’s youth.

Chapter 2


“I passed English all right,” we stated, “because we had all that Beowulf and Lord Randal the Son stuff once I is at the Whooton School.”

This quote contains allusions towards the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf together with Anglo-Scottish ballad Lord Randall.

Chapter 3

Literary/Pop Culture

I’dn’t mind calling this Isak Dinesen up. And Ring Lardner, except that D.B. said he’s dead. You are taking that written book Of Human Bondage, by Somerset Maugham, however. I read it final summer time. It’s a pretty good guide and all, but i’dn’t desire to phone Somerset Maugham up . . . I’d rather call old Thomas Hardy up. We that way Eustacia Vye.

This estimate contains three allusions: an allusion that is literary Eustacia Vye, a character in Thomas Hardy’s guide The Return for the Native, and pop music tradition allusions up to a Danish author who utilized the pen title Isak Dinesen and a recreations columnist and satirical brief story journalist called Ring Lardner.

Chapter 4

Pop Tradition

“I’m the goddam Governor’s son,” we said. I happened to be knocking myself away. Tap-dancing all around us.

That is an allusion towards the revival Broadway musical The Governor’s Son, that was written, directed, and created by George M. Cohan in 1906.

Pop Tradition

“He does not desire us to be considered a faucet dancer. He wishes me personally to visit Oxford. Nonetheless it’s in my own blood that is goddam.” Old Stradlater laughed. He didn’t have too bad a sense of humor. “It’s the night that is opening of The Ziegfeld Follies.”

This is certainly an allusion to your Ziegfeld Follies, a few elaborate revue that is theatrical on Broadway in New York City from 1907 to 1931, with renewals in 1934 and 1936.

Chapter 7


But old Stradlater kept snowing her in this Abraham Lincoln, honest voice, and finally there’d be this great silence in the rear of the vehicle.

This will be an allusion to Abraham Lincoln, a figure that is historical for his sincerity as well as being the sixteenth president for the united states of america.

Chapter 10

Pop Culture

She’s quite thin, anything like me, but good skinny. Roller-skate skinny. We viewed her as soon as from the window when she had been crossing over Fifth Avenue to attend the park, and that is what she actually is, roller-skate skinny.

This might be an allusion into the pop-culture idea of “roller-skate thin,” meaning somebody is healthy, pleased, and fit like a dynamic roller-skater, a notion comparable to today’s viewpoint of an athlete.

Chapter 14


I prefer nearly anyone when you look at the Bible much better than the Disciples. With stones if you want to know the truth, the guy I like best in the Bible, next to Jesus, was that lunatic and all, that lived in the tombs and kept cutting himself. I prefer him ten times up to the Disciples, that poor bastard.

The word “that lunatic” is an allusion into the man called Legion that is described in Mark 5 when you look at the Bible ultius cheating.

Pop Tradition

I can’t also stay ministers. The ones they’ve had at every educational school I’ve gone to, all of them have actually these Holy Joe sounds once they begin providing their sermons.

This will be an allusion to your slang term “Holy Joe,” meaning a pompous, morally superior individual.

Chapter 16

Literary/Pop Tradition

He had been performing that track, “If a physical body catch a body coming through the rye.” . . . The automobiles zoomed by, brake system screeched throughout the accepted spot, their moms and dads paid no awareness of him, and then he maintained walking close to the curb and singing “If a body catch a body coming through the rye.”

This estimate contains two allusions: the very first is an allusion that is literary the poem “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye,” written by Robert Burns in 1782. The second reason is a pop music tradition allusion to your track version of Burns’s poem following the expressed terms had been placed to your tune for the Scottish minstrel Common’ Frae the city, that was sung by the singer Marian Anderson in 1944.

Chapter 18


I was crazy concerning the Great Gatsby. Old Gatsby. Old sport. That killed me.

The term “old sport” is an allusion to a line that is recurring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby talked by the primary character, Jay Gatsby.

Chapter 24


“I likely to notice a day-old baby in your hands. Nowhere to make. Snowflakes in your eyelashes.”

This will be an allusion to your depiction of femininity in seventeenth- and literature that is eighteenth-century which regularly displays females as damsels in stress whom require become rescued.

Chapter 25


Everybody’d think I happened to be simply an undesirable deaf-mute bastard and they’d keep me alone . . . and I’d build me personally a cabin that is little using the dough we made and live here for the remainder of my entire life. I’d develop it appropriate close to the forests, yet not appropriate in them, because I’d want to buy to be sunny as hell on a regular basis. I’d cook all my very own food.

This really is an allusion to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden; or, lifetime into the Woods, posted in 1854, which illustrates Thoreau’s option to go out of culture and reside in semi-isolation in a cabin at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, for only over couple of years.