The Catcher into the Rye

The Catcher into 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 towards the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, which informs the whole tale associated with title character’s youth.

Chapter 2

Literary

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

This quote contains allusions into the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf in addition to Anglo-Scottish ballad Lord Randall.

Chapter 3

Literary/Pop Culture

I would personallyn’t mind calling this Isak Dinesen up. And Ring Lardner, except that D.B. said he’s dead. You are taking that guide Of Human Bondage, by Somerset Maugham, however. We read it last summer time. It’s a pretty book that is good 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 associated with the Native, and pop tradition allusions to a Danish journalist who utilized the pen title Isak Dinesen and a recreations columnist and satirical brief tale journalist called Ring Lardner.

Chapter 4

Pop Tradition

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

This can be an allusion towards the revival Broadway musical The Governor’s Son, that has been written, directed, and made by George M. Cohan in 1906. Read More…

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