The Catcher in the Rye Bread Literary Essay Shona In the novel The Catcher in the Rye the author J.D Salinger used many symbols to help the readers to understand the book with a deeper meaning and a greater understanding of Holden's personality. Through the symbols used, Holden's character is revealed more to the readers. Symbols used to to reflect Holden's persona are the ducks in Central Park, Holden's red hunting hat and the Museum of Natural History. The first symbol used to in the novel is the ducks Holden sees while they are walking towards Central Park represents that Holden, is lost just like the duck. Holden is unsure where to go after he leaves Pencey Prep, he is also lost in life.
Again these butterflies are an indication of the delicate balance between life and death. Another important moment in the nature in All Quiet on the Western Front was when Paul was trying to catch the goose (geese). He used his natural instinct (thus more so proving that when the soldiers are in the combat zone, they are more like animals) to catch the geese which made
Not only is he unfaithful to his wife Rose, but he also appears to have no conscious for his infidelity and his lack of nurturing towards his family. Throughout the play, Wilson illustrates the theme of responsibility by displaying Troy’s recognition of responsibility, his lack of responsibility, and how Troy’s lack of responsibility affects his family and friends. While Troy’s upbringing did not provide a lot of stability or guidance he undergoes many hardships in order to recognize the meaning of responsibility. Growing up without a mother, Troy is raised by his father who mistreated and abused him. When Troy is fourteen he has a brutal encounter with his father, leaving him no choice but to become a man and learn to be responsible and survive on his own; “…When I see what the matter of it was, I lost all fear of my daddy.
By portraying different images of the snow, the author creates an emotional atmosphere that reflects the state of mind of the narrator as well as the relationship between the son and the father. At the beginning of the story, the narrator is cautious and tense. He is distrustful of his father, and their relationship seems strained from the conflict of the parents. While the boy’s father is boisterous and confident, he is also unpredictable and dangerous to the narrator. The imagery of the
One person may be dying, yet another is getting ready to be born. It shows how even while some people see suffering, as long as they are not, they seem to look the other way. For example, it refers to the story of Icarus, who’s father gave him wings to escape their labyrinth prison and told him to fly at the middle altitude, because to fly to close to the ocean would cause the wings to get soaked with water, and to fly to close to the sun would melt the wings. But Icarus, being exhilarated with flight, flew higher and higher until the sun melted the wax on the wings and he fell into the sea and drowned. In the picture that Musèe des Beaux Arts is about, you can see Icarus’ legs sticking out of the water and the ship sailing by paying no attention to the drowning boy.
Another word that is used besides duck hunting is waterfowl hunting. Waterfowl are ducks and geese. Waterfowl hunting provides feathers to make a down blanket, food and it’s a sport. Today the people that do duck hunt just hunt for the fun of it and to have the meat of the bird. Most do not make down blankets anymore.
“The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger is a criticly aclaimed bildungsroman novel set mostly in New York City during the late 1940s. In the novel, the author’s use of symbolism reinforces Holden Caulfield’s fear of change and more specifically, growing older. Three of the symbols that reinforce this are: The Museum of Natural History, Holden’s curiosity about where the ducks in the Central Park lagoon go for the winter and the “fuck you” grafitti. To begin, in the novel, Holden says that he likes The Museum of Natural History because the displays always stay the same.
He has many feelings of loneliness, betrayal, disgust, and most of all depression. But little to readers know that Holden of The Cather in the Rye is close to being a split image of J.D. Salinger. Holden Caulfield starts out in the book getting kicked out of yet another private school as a junior, some from a broken home, with his dad being a lawyer and his mother being a housewife. His younger brother died and his older is in Hollywood “prostituting” himself.
The Rise and Fall of Paul Paul’s Case by Willa Cather is a tragic story of a young man who struggles with the fantasies of living a luxurious life while being trapped in a lower class lifestyle. His obsession with theatre and art plague his study habits and his work ethic in the class room. After school Paul works as an usher at Carnegie Hall, which feeds his obsession even more. When his dad is informed of Paul’s continual failing grades, he is forced to send Paul out into the work force to prove a point. After Paul is given a duty to make a deposit for his employer for 2,000 dollars, he faces temptation of a lifetime to flee all his problems, and experience the life of an upper class citizen.
Written in first person the protagonist and narrator Ishmael Leseur is faced with a school bully (Barry Bagsley), instead of standing up for himself, he isolates himself at school and home becoming more alone than ever. Nobody deserves to feel alone and everyone has their differences, these differences deserve to be accepted and often celebrated. Bulling is generally the result inflicted on others when particular differences will not be accepted. Bauer has set out “Don’t call me Ishmael” using character setting, narrative structure and setting to evoke the audiences negative views on bully. Argument 1: The way the characters are constructed in the novel to position the audience.