The Catcher in the Rye Literary Essay

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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. The ducks don't know where to go, because the pond is frozen over, much like how Holden feels after leaving Pencey Prep. “By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it all gets frozen over? Do you happen to know?” (Salinger 60) This quote proves that Holden is similar to the ducks, because he is lost himself. He's asking the cab driver where the ducks go, but in a way also asking the cab driver for advice about where he should go. After leaving Pencey Prep, instead of going back to his home right away, like most students would, Holden decides to stay in hotels, which proves that he does not know where to go. The ducks walking in Central Park are a symbol for Holden being lost and not knowing where he should go. Another symbol in The Catcher in the Rye is Holden's red hunting hat that he purchases after leaving the fencing equipment on the subway. The hat was only a dollar and symbolizes how Holden thinks it makes him look unique, and wanting people to see him and think he is an interesting person. Holden also wants to be different from the phonies, but he is also a phony. The hat caught Holden's attention when he sees

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