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.

It is an allusion to your novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, which informs the tale regarding the title character’s youth.

Chapter 2

Literary

“I passed English all right,” we said, “because we had all that Beowulf and Lord Randal My Son stuff whenever I is at the Whooton School.”

This estimate contains allusions towards the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf together with 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 guide Of Human Bondage, by Somerset Maugham, though. We read it summer that is last. It’s a pretty book that is good all, but I would personallyn’t would you like to call Somerset Maugham up . . . I’d rather call old Thomas Hardy up. We like this Eustacia Vye.

This quote contains three allusions: a literary allusion to Eustacia Vye, a character in Thomas Hardy’s guide The Return of this Native, and pop music tradition allusions to a Danish writer who used the pen title Isak Dinesen and a sports columnist and satirical short tale journalist known as Ring Lardner.

Chapter 4

Pop Tradition

“I’m the goddam Governor’s son,” I said. I became knocking myself away. Tap-dancing all over the place.

This might be an allusion to your revival Broadway musical The Governor’s Son, that was written, directed, and created by George M. Cohan in 1906.

Pop Culture

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