Importance Of Innocence And Change Within Symbolism

1758 Words Oct 20th, 2015 8 Pages
Mary Antypas
Mrs. Wood
IB Literature
05 October 2015
The Importance of Innocence and Change Within Symbolism
The Catcher in the Rye is a bildungsroman novel, which is written by J.D. Salinger. This novel is about Holden, a lost young man with no sense of direction because of the lack of relationships in his life. Holden “[feels] like… committing suicide” (Salinger 116-117), due to the fact that no one in his life will really notice his lack of existence. The argument that is stated in the following paragraphs is interesting because there is no likelihood of being able to deeply analyze Holden and what the book is really about, without knowing what the symbols are and what they mean. Some major symbols in the Catcher in the Rye are Allie, the carrousel, the “Comin’ Thro the Rye” poem, the lagoon, and the Museum of Natural History, which are crucial to recognize in order to understand the book.
Allie, Holden 's younger brother who dies as just a child, is a major symbol throughout the story, which represents the innocence in childhood that Holden strives to save. Allie’s death creates a lot of turbulence in Holden’s life especially because Holden looks up to Allie as a role model. When Holden remembers incidents from his past involving Allie, his attitude changes, such as when he writes the composition about Allie 's baseball glove or when Holden breaks his hand after punching all of the windows after Allie dies. This change in attitude is basically going from happiness…
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