Analysis Of Salinger 's ' The Catcher 's The Rye ' Essay

1075 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
In the Catcher in the Rye, the author J.D. Salinger uses a variety of symbols to represent the struggles and challenges the main characters and narrator Holden Caulfield faces throughout the novel. Through the use of symbolism, Salinger is able to give additional meaning to the plot beyond what is being described by Holden. Through Holden 's desire to be a catcher in the rye, his goal of protecting the innocence of children is conveyed, but the golden rings on the carousel represents his realization that this is an unrealistic goal and also unfair to the children. Holden’s reaction to the profanity he sees on the walls at Phoebe’s school and at the museum also represents his desire to protect the innocence of children. The symbol of the red hunting hat helps reveal Holden’s desire to be an individual, but also his vulnerability white that he desires to keep hidden from people. The symbolism of the red hat, profanity, the catcher in the rye, and the gold rings aid in Salinger 's development and growth of Holden as a character. Holden values the innocence and pureness of children and initially he wishes to have the heroic role of preventing children from growing up and becoming corrupt by adulthood, which is represented by his aspirations to be the catcher in the rye; the gold rings on the carousel represent him realizing that it is unfair to limit children in such a way. When Phoebe asks him what careers interests him, he responds, “I keep picturing all these…

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