Catcher In The Rye Baseball Analysis

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All throughout Catcher in the Rye, the author, J.D. Salinger,uses symbolism to show some kind of quality about Holden. So far, there are three things that truly symbolize Holden. His red hunting hat, the ducks in Central Park, and Allie’s baseball mitt. Each one of these objects are important to him one way or another. His red hat could be used as a shield, to hide himself or protect himself. When he comes to New York, he asks about the ducks, that could represent his life. Finally, Allie’s baseball glove could be a symbol of Holden’s love and how much he misses him. Holden is always putting on this red hunting hat that he bought in New York when he came with the fencing team. This hat has to be used as a shield, to protect himself of the …show more content…
Holden said that Allie was so smart, never did anything bad, and never got sore about anything. You saw how much he loved Allie by what he did the night he died. Holden was so mad and so upset he slept in the garage and broke all the windows in there, by punching them with his bare fist. You can tell how much he missed and loved Allie, but through this glove, it shows how much he liked and trust Jane. “She was the only one, outside my family, that I ever showed Allie’s baseball mitt to with all the poems written on it”(Salinger 77). This shows his love for both Jane and Allie because he trusts and feels comfortable around her. This shows his love for Allie because he doesn’t show everyone the glove, like its nothing. The glove also symbolizes how much he misses him. When Stradlater made him write his english paper for him, he couldn’t think of anything to write so he wrote about Allie’s glove. Throught all of page 38, all Holden does is compliment his brother. “I happened to have it with me, in my suitcase, so I got it out and copied down the poems that were written on it”(Salinger 39). Allie’s glove was so important to Holden that he kept it. It seems like he kept it so he always has something to remind him of Allie and to feel like he is still with him.
J.D. Salinger uses symbolism so much. These symbols showed all different things. They showed what Holden does when he’s nervous or wants to hide something, how he

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