The Catcher within the Rye

The Catcher within the Rye

Allusions

Chapter 1

Literary

In the event that you want to know the truth if you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it.

This really is an allusion to your novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, which informs the whole tale for the name character’s youth.

Chapter 2

Literary

“I passed English all right,” we stated, “because I experienced all of that Beowulf and Lord Randal our Son stuff once I is at the Whooton School.”

This estimate contains allusions to the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf while the ballad that is anglo-Scottish Randall.

Chapter 3

Literary/Pop Tradition

I’dn’t mind calling this Isak Dinesen up. And Ring Lardner, except I was told by that D.B. he’s dead. You are taking that book Of Human Bondage, by Somerset Maugham, however. We read it final summer time. It’s a pretty good guide and all, but I would personallyn’t wish to call Somerset Maugham up . . . I’d rather call old Thomas Hardy up. We that way Eustacia Vye.

This estimate contains three allusions: a literary allusion to Eustacia Vye, a character in Thomas Hardy’s guide The Return for the Native, and pop tradition allusions up to a Danish journalist who utilized the pen name Isak Dinesen and a recreations columnist and satirical brief tale journalist named Ring Lardner. Læs resten