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SparkNotes: The Catcher in the Rye

Plot Overview

Summary & Analysis

Chapters 1–2

Chapters 3–4

Chapters 5–6

Chapters 7–9

Chapters 10–12

Chapters 13–15

Chapters 16–17

Chapters 18–20

Chapters 21–23

Chapter 24

Chapters 25–26

Characters

Character List

Holden Caulfield

Phoebe Caulfield

Mr. Antolini

Main Ideas

Themes

Motifs

Symbols

Key Facts

Quotes

Important Quotations Explained

Further Study

Context

Quizzes

Study Questions

Suggestions for Further Reading

Writing Help

How to Write Literary Analysis

Suggested Essay Topics

Sample A+ Essay

How to Cite This SparkNote

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Rye

by DaveMacDonald, September 01, 2012

'The song “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye” asks if it is wrong for two people to have a romantic encounter out in the fields, away from the public eye, even if they don’t plan to have a commitment to one another.'

I thought the 'Rye' referred to in Robert Burns' poem was the river Rye, hence the lines: 'Jenny's a wet poor body, Jenny's seldom dry'. In this regard it is about two people who meet at a river with no crossing, which will cause people to question why one of them is wet and what they have been doing.

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red hunting hat

by mitchellc0o, August 21, 2013

when phoebe gives the hat back I think It also symbolizes her not wanting to be caught or stay as a child or something

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Question!

by Kris1097, January 16, 2014

Through out the book Holden expresses many different feelings. but overall what is his attitude toward life?

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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye (SparkNotes Literature Guide Series)