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Kevin Benson- The Catcher in the Rye
Transcript of Kevin Benson- The Catcher in the Rye
zoomed by, brakes screeched all over the place, his parents paid no attention to him, and
he kept on walking next to the curb and singing "If a body catch a body coming through
the rye." It made me feel better. It made me feel not so depressed any more.
"You know that song 'If a body catch a body comin' through the rye'? I'd like--"
"It's 'If a body meet a body coming through the rye'!" old Phoebe said. "It's a
poem. By Robert Burns."
"I know it's a poem by Robert Burns."
She was right, though. It is "If a body meet a body coming through the rye." I
didn't know it then, though.
"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'd 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. I know it's
Symbol- The Catcher in the Rye
First instance in the text where the title is mentioned.
Song "Coming through the rye"
The child reflects Holden's personal view on children and innocence.
This is one of the most important symbols presented in the text. This symbol portrays Holden's view on maturing as well as an innocence into knowledge of the adult world.
Holden switches from "Coming" to "Catcher" because he believes he wants to Catch the kids who are falling down a path conflict, confusion, and change.
Reveals his ideal childhood fantasy and portrays himself as a protector of childhood innocence.