Symbols In Catcher In The Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger, the book describes a young man,; Holden Caulfield.; After getting kicked out of pencey Holden has a fight with his roommate in which he is influenced into leaving the school two days early, he decides to spend those two days in New York before going back home meeting up with teachers, prostitutes, and his sister too. The book shows how a teen faces challenges of life. The author of the book, J.D Salinger, uses symbols such as, the F-uck you writing on the wall and the carrousel. While the author tries to convey the central theme that innocence and youth could not be maintained and pure forever, and you will have to let it happen one way or the other. Salinger uses symbolism as a way to deliver …show more content…
In chapter 25 of the book, Holden has written a note and is heading towards Phoebe´s school, once Holden is there, he seeks someone to deliver the note to Phoebe. While he walked around the school he came across to some vulgar vocabulary written on the wall; “Somebody'd written Fuck you on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how phoebe and all the others little kids would see it, and how they´d wonder what the hell it meant, and then finally some dirty kid would tell them” (Chapter 25, 201). Salinger let the writer know of this purity in the children, in which it could easily be disturbed with a vulgar word written on the wall. The character Holden sometimes discussed with the reader how intelligent Phoebe is, then the assumption that Phoebe could already know what the word meant and what it is. Holden uses this word to affiliate the children turning into phonies or moron as which Holden describes most of the adults, he has encountered in his life. As how the expression that drove Holden crazy for something so little like this, could mean he would want this kids not to grow up and learn these kind of things. While he gives you this purity in kids. There are some who have lost it already; as for; they are the ones who would tell the whole group of kids what those words on the wall mean to the idea of those kids are not innocent …show more content…
D Salinger uses characters to develop a central idea in the book such as Holden's brother Allie, Allie would be the exception that innocence and youth could be maintained, but he still did not lived enough to learn about the world. After Holden came out of the club drunk he stumbled and dropped Phoebe's record, he sat at bench thinking what would happen if he died, and remembering Allies´s death. “When the weather's nice, my parents go out quite frequently and stick a bunch of flowers on old Allie's grave. I went with them a couple of times, but I cut it out. In the first place, I certainly don't enjoy seeing him in that crazy cementary”(Chapter 20, 155). Allie still has his innocence and youth, but as for him he is dead. The weird acknowledgement that Holden does not like to see him there, he sees him different like the thing he would never accomplish. Holden wants to see the children like Allie being able to maintain his purity and youth, but not being able to make it happen because if making the children stay young and innocent would make them more like Allie they would all be dead. For that is one of the reasons main reason that youth and innocence could be maintained

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