The Catcher in the Rye In “The Catcher in The Rye”, author J.D Salinger uses a plethora of meaningful symbols that help main character, Holden Caufield, find his true purpose in a world full of phonies. A symbol is something significant that represents something else. Symbols are used everyday in our world whether we know it or not. There are three really important symbols in the book that are connected to a greater aspect in Holden’s life. The second most important symbol in Holden’s world is his red hunting hat. The red hunting hat has two purposes, depending on which way Holden decides to wear it. Throughout the book, Holden wears the hat with the brim to the front and to the back. When the hat is facing forward, Holden is searching for truth in the phony world he lives in, but the main reason Holden wears it to the front is because it is a sense of protection in his daily world of chaos. For example, when it was raining, Holden said, “My hunting hat really gave me quite a lot of protection in a way, but I got soaked anyway (Salinger 212-213).” Holden is obviously alright with the fact that he got soaked because the hat that he loves helped him a lot. However, if the hat is facing to the back, Holden wants to be the catcher in the rye. He wants to be able to catch kids from falling off the cliff of rye grass. Figuratively, he wants to catch them from becoming phonies when he himself may be becoming a phony. Even though Holden is being a little hypocritical, “He put his red hunting hat on, and turned the peak around to the back, the way he liked it (52).” This was the best way for him to wear it since he wants to be the catcher in the rye. Holden is a negative person; therefore, there are more things that Holden doesn’t like than things that he does like. However, another thing that Holden does like and finds enjoyment from is the museum. The museum is symbolic of never change. “Everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move…. Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different is you (121).” Holden liked the fact that you could go to the museum thousands of times and everything would be exactly the same. It troubles Holden that he has changed each time he returns, while the museum’s displays remain completely the same. The museum presents Holden with a vision of life that he can understand. Holden can only wish to live a life and in a world that never changes. He wants life to remain frozen just like the display cases in the museum. The most important symbol in the book and in Holden’s world is the profanity on the school…
Emma Lange 9/16/14
Essay: Catcher and the Rye
Profane, sexual, and vulgar content are often cited as reasons for banning a book. J.D. Salinger’s novel, The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most controversial books of all time. It is heralded as a classic yet, according to the American Library Association, the Catcher in the Rye was the third most banned book from libraries and schools as recently as 2005. It earned the ranking of nineteenth most challenged books between the years…
Freeland – Block 8
Understanding and Uncertainty
Knowledge is best obtained through experience. This is shown in J.D. Salinger’s
in the Rye
, a young adult novel about a boy named Holden Caulfield in New York, who is
surrounded by social and academic pressures and wants to be different from everyone else.
Through analyzing Holden’s encounters and mindset, it is revealed that the book supports the
argument that Holden or any other teenager has conflicts with society and struggle to grow up…
The Catcher in the Rye
In The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger represents childhood as a stressful turn table of mixed emotions. The intense moments of Holden’s life (like in chapter one at the football game, where Holden feels excluded from his entire school as he glares down at everyone in the stadium) are amazing representations of childhood at a glance. Most teenagers go through hell during high school, and Holden Caulfield is a prime example of that. This book was interesting because of Salinger’s…
Catcher In The Rye
Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, reveals the hardships that teenagers endure as they mature and enter adulthood. Holden Caulfield, the narrator, tells the story of his hardships. Any teenager’s mind can lose focus, especially in Holden’s case. Holden has many issues that lead to the root of his problems. Holden has been kicked out of several schools and endures many more issues. He suffers from the loss of a loved one, financial issues, and parental neglect. These…
a. How does the context created in the first 20 pages of the novel create how the ending occurs for the reader?
In the novel Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger published in the year 1951, the context created at the beginning of the novel is that the character Holden Caulfield occurs to believe that the world is full of stupid people – who cause his relationships to be unsatisfying and unfulfilling. At the end of the novel, Holden is seen to find the satisfying and fulfilling relationship he had…
The Catcher in the Rye
“The Catcher in the Rye,” a novel by J.D. Salinger introduces love, loneliness, loss of innocence, and the struggles of becoming an adult through a teenage eye. Holden is a very unpredictable character that looks at life with more detail than most. He shows sensitivity with sly symbols throughout the novel and proves his innocent misfit in the world. These symbols teach small and big lessons of life. “The Catcher in the Rye” should not be censored because of its beneficial…
Throughout the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D.Salinger’s message portrayed is without the love and support of friends and family, we would all feel isolated. Holden is constantly feeling alienated because he doesn't put forth the effort to be friends with people, such as “the Saturday of the football game. […] I remember around three o'clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill. […] You could see the whole field from there (Salinger 2). Holden…
Advanced U.S. Literature B
26 January 2015
In The Catcher In The Rye By J.D. Sallinger, a young Holden Caufield is refusing to grow up. There are many symbols of his youth throughout the book, such as his curiosity about ducks.
"I was thinking about the lagoon in Central Park, down near Central Park South. I was wondering if it would be frozen over when I got home, and if it was, where did the ducks go. I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got…
20 July 2013
Catcher in the Rye Interpretive Analysis
Why does Holden so passionately despise “phonies”? Is Holden himself a “phony”?
Holden Caulfield absolutely hates phonies, but shows signs of being one himself,
suggesting he may be a hypocrite. He dislikes phonies because he believes that they are fake and
hypocritical; corrupted by the ways of the world. His idea of a phony is someone who lies for
money or attention. Holden wants a pure, clean society where no one is corrupted by greed…
Daniel A. Edery
Catcher in the Rye/Swing Kids
In life, while trying to overcome obstacles there are two options: either it is
overcome, or not. But there are many reasons behind whether one fails or succeeds.
Holden Caulfield was “troubled”, and had many obstacles to overcome, most of which
were his fault in the first place. He was failing out of school and was therefore getting kicked out. Also, he had this idea that everybody was a “phony”. Because of this notion he…