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Topic: The Catcher in the Rye"catcher in the rye" interpretationRecently I re read the catcher in the rye, and frankly I have no one to disscuss it with. I was just wondering, if, by taking the theme of The phoniness of the adult world, into account, could one say that the "edge" Holden speaks of with Phoebe could be an analogy of the adult world. Holden always speaks about hating the adult world, thus, could the edge he is keeping the children from falling off be adolescence or the adult world? Does Holden want to keep the children in a care free world of kindness and easy going ways?
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High School Teacher
I think the "edge" Holden is referring to is the loss of innocence. Once it's lost, you have nothing but experience, and thus, adulthood where everyone is a liar or phony, or both (at least in Holden's view). He wants to save the children, and especially his siser Phoebe from this harsh reality--the real world. He has not found much to be impressed with, and even his favorite English teacher gets a little weird with him.
Posted by amy-lepore on July 17, 2011 at 9:51 AM (Answer #2)
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Posted by litteacher8 on July 18, 2011 at 1:59 AM (Answer #3)
High School Teacher
I like your interpretation. I think that Holden sees that he is over the 'edge' and is no longer a child, expected to understand the complexity of adult relationships and responsibilities when he is not ready or willing to do so. There is the idea of preservation from loss of innocence, but also having to accept responsibility for oneself and one's faults.
Posted by kiwi on July 18, 2011 at 2:18 PM (Answer #4)
I asked this question because I am writing an early assigned english paper for university (first year), out of the novels assigned I must write about an unkown theme or symbol that I have created. Personally I think it's a tough assaignment as you have to be a good reader, but I assume my prof just wants the class to really go in depth with our chosen novel. I was wondering if, worded correctly, i could use the interpretation I fabricated as my main topic. The symbol being "the rye field cliff as an analogy for the adult world." Do you think that I have gone in depth enough? That i have demonstarted how much thought I have put into the novel?
Ps. thank you for the comments quite helpful, I guess i should have elaborated a little more as to why I was reading it.
Posted by zzamozz on July 30, 2011 at 2:19 AM (Answer #5)
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