Symbolism Of The Rye And Into The Wild Essay

1130 Words May 25th, 2016 5 Pages
Does everyone see actions and objects the same as each other? Do objects represent moments of time the same as they do for other people? How do some people recognize objects as being symbolic of other momentous occasions within a story? Symbolism is the use of natural objects or facts to convey ideas or qualities to the reader or viewer. Symbols are more commonly used, throughout literary pieces, as a way to project how an author perceives certain objects and people that the characters encounter throughout their journey. Certain objects and people are usually tied to certain styles of life or situations that the character may be encountering within the book. Through the sources The Catcher in the Rye and Into the Wild, the authors J.D. Salinger and Jon Krakauer use objects to convey a sense of alienation and uncertainty. In the literature pieces, The Catcher in the Rye and Into the Wild, the use of symbols is prominent in conveying alienation as well as uncertainty. Throughout both of the literature there is mention and increased significance of a hat that is either left somewhere or with someone. In The Catcher in the Rye, “Then I took my hunting hat out of my coat pocket and gave it to her. She likes those kind of crazy hats…” (Salinger 180). Holden left his hat, that he has worn almost everywhere since purchasing it, with his sister Phoebe as a momentum or at least a gift in return for the money that she gave to him. He feels as though it is necessary to return the…

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