The CATCHER in the Rye by J.D Salinger
Robert Burns is a famous poet who create a poem named “Comin’ Thro the Rye”. It can be explained that this is intended to be a symbol for Holden Caulfield; the main character of the novel. What Holden desires is longing to preserve the innocence of childhood.
The novel narrates two days of Holden’s life after he has been expelled from prep school. Different emotions are going through his head like confusion and disillusion. Caulfield will search for the truth against the adult world falseness.
Throughout the novel, it can be noticed that Holden always describes his sibling as a nice, responsible, smart kid. This is actually giving the reader a reason to believe Holden’s obsession with preserving his innocence. He sees innocence through his siblings.
In chapter 5, Holden describes his dead young brother, as “fifty times as intelligent” (p.38) than him. He exaggerates that Allies is so smart. Why would he do that?