Symbolism in Catcher in the Rye
The author J.D Salinger conveys the theme of the loss of innocence in title?? using symbolism.
Through the short journey that Holden goes through in the novel and the interactions and experiences, fights and struggles that Holden partakes in, the reader watches and is delivered the authors ideas on life. There are three main symbols that directly introduce the theme and these symbols those are the red hunting hat, the ducks in central park, and the carousel. By using these symbols the author shows the literary ability of being able to skillfully use symbols as a tool. The first symbols that Salinger uses to convey his message is the red hunting hat. The main character of the novel Holden Caulfield has an iconic and important red and black hunting hat which he frequently wears in different situations for more than just its obvious use as a hat. Holden is a very secluded character and is very critical of the individualistic society that he lives in, often criticizing others for not being themselves and being “phonies”. Even the way that Holden acquired the hat is special and symbolic of Holden and the theme of the novel. While giving the reader some background on his situation in life Holden mentions how he got his infamous red hunting hat. Holden says “ put on this hat that I’d bought in New York that morning. It was this red hunting hat, with one of those very, very long peaks. I saw it in the window of this sports store when we got out of