The struggle of adolescence combined with the themes of loss and isolation through one Holden Caulfield. This coming of age story of Holden in J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye is a famous all american masterpiece. Within the book, Salinger’s is known for his frequent and detailed use of symbolism from Holden’s hat representing his shield and childlike vulnerability to the ducks in Central Park as a reflection of his subconscious mind trying to get help. One famous symbolism is the small detail of Holden’s right hand, specifically his inability to make a fist gives a window into his character and reflects his current state of mind and his path to adulthood. Psychologically analysing Holden, his fist is an important symbolic indicator of
Growing up is a period of time full of problems such as losing friends, becoming more independent, the pressure of college, and building careers. As expressed in J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield and the many literary symbols associated with his story illustrate the depths and struggles of those problems. One of these symbols are the ducks that live in the lagoon at Central Park. The ducks, constantly swimming through his thoughts, represent his anxiety about children and what will happen to them after they grow up. The record, which Holden buys for Phoebe, symbolizes any attempt of preserving one’s childhood.
When Holden was talking about his parents, he said “I thought of maybe hanging up if my parents answered, but that wouldn't've worked, either. They'd know it was me. My mother always knows it's me. She's psychic.” This quote explains how Holden is too afraid to even talk to his parents nevermind go
In The Catcher in the Rye, it is observed that the novel is about grief. There are 5 stages of grief: denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and finally acceptance. The Catcher in the Rye shows how Holden goes through the grieving process. By the end of the novel it shows how Holden has reached closure or a way to let go. Throughout the book, Holden is struggling to get by.
One day when Holden was walking through New York, depressed and feeling lost, he came upon a store window. Inside the store window he saw this bright red hunting hat that he immediately felt a connection to. Holden thinks about the new happiness the hat brings him, “One day when Holden was walking through New York, depressed and feeling lost, he came upon a store window. Inside the store window he saw this bright red hunting hat that he immediately felt a connection to” (10). Holden cares for this hat.
Holden is reminded of the fact that he never has anyone around him to care for him, and it makes him feel lonesome and depressed. Holden tries to pass time by inviting people to spend time with him as a way for him to forget that he is lonely, and has no one. “Would you care to stop on the way to join me for a cocktail? On me, I’m loaded” (asgaf0) Holden is always finding someone or somewhere to go to past time to distract him from the fact that he has no one around, or no one to show him affection. Holden is so confused with his life, and so depressed because of the lack of love and affection he receives.
Holden’s red hunting hat is extremely ugly, Holden even admits that throughout the novel, and he only wears it in private situations and when he will not see anyone that he knows. The fact that the hat is red is interesting too, considering Allie’s hair color is red which is another connection Holden shares with his deceased brother. Holden usually takes the hat off in places that are comfortable for him, and does not want to risk being ostracised by the people around him. Also, the hunting hat is directly connected to Allie. Allie had bright red hair, and Holden’s hat is bright red, and Holden wears it wherever he goes to in a way, pay respects to Allie and to connect with him beyond the grave.
In the book, catcher in the rye, The hunting hat Is one of the main symbols. It symbolizes confident it’s the texture of holding tom is one of the main symbols. It symbolizes confidence self-esteem and protection of Holden’s emotions. In catcher in the rye Holden uses the red hunting hat to show comfort for himself and protection to his little sister ( phoebe ). When holden wears the hunting hat he feels comfortable slanger writes , “ anyways i put on my new hat and sat down and started reading that book out of africa ( page 19 ) ” when holden puts on the hat he is more comfortable then when he doesn’t have on the hat on.
J.D. Salinger, the author of this story, writes and explains the life of a 16 year old boy growing up in the 1940s in New York City. The Catcher in the Rye is about alienation and the lack of acceptance Holden receives from his peers and his family. Due to Holden not applying himself academically, he has failed out of many high-class boarding schools. The main character Holden is assumed to be writing his story from a mental institution, but after finishing chapter
The red hunting hat is a symbol for security to Holden, when he wears it, he feels confident and safe. As seen when Stradlater hits him; “Finally I found it. It was under the bed. I put it on, and turned the old peak around to the back, the way I liked it, and then i went over and took a look at my stupid face in the mirror.” (45). This shows his desire to be comfortable with himself.