Bitterness, intolerance, ignorance and worldliness are usually accompanied by a poor soil; being the mind.
A rye on the other hand was designed to be a wheat like cereal plant that tolerates poor soils and low temperatures. The rye’s and Holden’s toleration is constantly sold to them; the only difference is that the rye buys it, but Holden doesn’t, for he is completely immune to the grounds of tolerance throughout his life up to his reintegration. Throughout the book, the most common fault that played a huge impact on Holden’s nature of deep troubles is both time and realization, which gradually occurs at the point when Holden wishes to be the “catcher in the rye.” Upheaval and confusion might sometimes be perceived as a form of misinterpretation. When reading a poem it is important that one reads behind and within the lines. Unfortunately, Holden’s lacks of understanding lead to his own version of Robert Burns’ poem The Catcher in the Rye. Holden’s explanation of the poem the catcher in the rye offers the readers a clear image on his concerns of life.
His wish to be the catcher in the rye first shows incongruity, for he is placing himself as something big compared to the children running “in their everlasting innocent field of rye”. He then gives himself a role, the mature protector that is in complete control of everything. He wants to show the readers that he is a step closer toward maturity, but the fact that he wants to supervise youngsters for the rest of his life contradicts his will. He acts out the role he would want the adults to play, and most importantly he blames himself for not saving his long lost brother Allie; which led to the offer of a second chance to finally fulfill his role as the catcher.
“I didn’t give much of a damn any more if they caught me. I really didn’t. I figured if they caught me, they caught me. I almost wished they did, in a way.
” (p.180) Here, Holden is calling for his parent…