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Study Guide for J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye including chapter summary, character analysis, and more. Learn all about The Catcher in the Rye, ask questions, and get the answers you need.
Author: J. D. Salinger
Year Published: 1951
Genre: Romance, Fiction
Perspective and Narrator:
The Catcher in the Rye is told from the first-person point of view of Holden Caulfield, a teenager living in New York City in the late 1940s. Holden's ambivalence about the adult world drives the novel's conflicts and provokes questions about human behavior.
The Catcher in the Rye is told primarily in the past tense.
About the Title:
When Holden misunderstands the words of a song, he imagines children at play in a field of rye that ends at a cliff and says he would like to be the "catcher" who protects the children from falling. The symbol of the catcher in the rye shows Holden's ambivalence about becoming an adult.