Literary Analysis: The Catcher In The Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye Literary Analysis Essay In the novel The Catcher in the Rye Salinger the author uses lots of symbols to express who Holden is and how he develops throughout the novel. Salinger gives Holden some symbolic feelings towards some things and places to express a different side of Holden. Holden’s baseball mitten acts as a memory of his dead brother Allie. He wears a red hunting hat to express alienation to the real adult world. The duck pond expresses Holden’s other side from his usual depressed and grumpy side. Through the use of these symbols Salinger further explains the theme and her own message to the reader of protecting children from losing their innocence when they grow up from being children to adults. Holden keeps a baseball mitt covered in poems his dead brother Allie wrote on there. He keeps it with him at all times and does not even show it to anyone except at very rare occasions as it means so much to Holden. The poems on the Baseball mitt express who Allie was and how unique he was to be he own kind. Holden respects Allie so much as Allie was not a phony what Holden calls all the people that play life by the rules.”I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it”. This quote shows how much love he had for Allie and shows why the baseball mit is so important and precious it is to him. This relates to theme of children protecting their innocence as Allie held onto his innocence

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