RE: The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 22 Questions
- What is the significance of Holden’s wanting to be the “catcher in the rye”? What things has he done, or tried to do, during the course of the novel to try to be the “catcher in the eye”?
- How is the name Holden Caulfield an echo of the title, The Catcher in the Rye?
- How does Phoebe think their father will react to Holden’s expulsion?
- What does Phoebe challenge Holden to do?
- Where does Holden think he might be, despite his father’s wishes?
How is the name Holden Caulfield an echo of the title, The Catcher in the Rye?
Holden is a classic case of a name that jumped out of a book and onto birth certificates-though it took quite a while. Parents who loved J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye are flocking to the name of its hero, Holden Caulfield -not coincidentally in tune with the Hudson- Hayden- Colton field of names. Salinger supposedly came up with the name while looking at a movie poster promoting a film starring William Holden and Joan Caulfield, though other sources say he was named after Salinger’s friend Holden Bowler.