Catcher In The Rye Symbolism Analysis

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Symbolism in The Catcher in the Rye
Like all great pieces of literature, J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye owes much of its fame to its ability to connect with the reader’s emotions. “Holden’s discontents and diatribes are infectious because we all have our irascibility and fastidiousness, and Salinger has managed to play on us by summoning up the perfect details” (Castronovo). The troubled teen story of Holden Caulfield depicts a young man unable to face his own reality. A struggle, many can relate to. Since the character isn’t able to come to terms with his feelings, Salinger uses symbols like colors, rain, and places of significance to display the emotions and values of Holden Caulfield. One of the most prominent characteristics of Holden Caulfield is his protective nature towards children, his desire to preserve their innocence. This part of him is evidently shown in the scene that gives the book its title. “Holden misquotes the Robert Burns poem phrase “gin a body meet a body/ comin’ thro’ the rye.” Thus, by changing the verb “meet” to
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Holden’s fondness for the museum reveals his desire to have things always stay the same which explains partially why growing up was so hard for him. However, although the museum reminds him of why things should stay the same, it also helps him understand that change is inevitable. As he explains how everything is always the same there he also comes to realize how it’s actually different. How every time he went back, he was older, he had new experiences that had changed him making the museum that much different. It’s then that the museum lost some of the original appeal to him, almost frightening him, and helped him mentally grow up a little more. “Then a funny thing happened. When I got to the museum, all of a sudden I wouldn 't have gone inside for a million bucks - it just didn’t appeal to me” (Salinger

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