Symbols And Images Of ' The Catcher Rye ' : What 's The Holden 's Head? '

1758 Words Jan 19th, 2016 8 Pages
Gabriel, Bervelyn
Ms. Carpick
ENGL30S
January 14, 2016
Symbolism in The Catcher in the Rye: What’s in Holden’s Head? In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, many symbols and images relate to the main character, Holden. Many of these symbols represent how Holden sees the life around him and what kind of person is Holden Caulfield. Such symbols include the red hunting hat, the ducks in Lagoon Lake, the museum, broken glass, a carousel, catcher in the rye, cigarettes and smoking, Allie’s baseball mitt, and the Little Shirley Beans record. These symbols are essential, for they are what started off with what looks significantly small, but later becomes the things that are essential to Holden growing up and becoming who he will become at the end of the chapter: acc¬¬¬¬¬¬epted. After Holden accidentally leaves the fencing equipment on the subway and with his teammates angry at him, Holden goes off to buy a red hunting hat that he finds in a shop in New York. This red hunting hat is symbolic because it represents Holden’s true character. For instance, when Holden returns to his room after visiting Mr. Spencer, he grabs his hunting hat and wears it by swinging “the old peak way around to the back–very corny, [he]’ll admit, but [he] like[s] it that way” (18). This represents Holden’s character as a person who likes doing corny things, such wearing this red hunting hat in an odd, but corny way. However, even though Holden likes this hat, he only wears it in private and not in…
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