Catcher in the Rye: Summary of Chapters 21 to 23

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Catcher in the Rye 21-23
Event hough Holden has been on his own for a little while knows how to get along without phony adults in his life. I dont know if it just in my mind, but he felt very eager and excited to see his sister, even though he has basically isolated himself to everyone else. He seemed desperate. This showed Holdens contradicted possiblilies of growing up or staying as innocent as you are now. Phoebe is a child, meaning that she is innocent, and that is the way that Holden wants to stay. He probably thinks that if he hangs out with people of the who are young then maybe he can retain that innocence that he may still have.

"'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 felt like this line was one of the most important passages in the whole novel. Holden tells Phoebe, the only person he can talk to about anything, he wants to be the "catcher in the rye" which is directly related to the title of the novel. I think because Holden himself is such a confused person, he wants to be the “catcher in the rye” so as to help any other children who cannot find their way, just in case they do something wrong and fall over the cliff. I would think that these children would not see where they are going, because of the rye, and Holden wouldn't want them to find themselves lost like he himself is. I feel like Holden is always offering assistanve to everyone. Not only assiastance, but just everythin, like with the nuns or when he gave that really big tip at the bar. This notion of him catchin bodies in the rye makes it sound like he wants to look out for all the little children, who still have innocence. He probably feels like no one did that for him, which is why he would do that...
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