Symbolism In Catcher In The Rye

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In the novel Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger readers are introduced to a young man named Holden Caulfield, who introduces himself and begins to tell his story of how and why he left his school; Pencey Prep. In the story, Holden explains how he is being kicked out of school and doesn 't want his parents to know and so leaves school early. throughout the story, Holden explains what happens to him before he must go home and act like he is home from school for a break instead of being kicked out. When it comes to the topic of Author 's purpose of The will of the individual vs the will of the majority some will think the purpose is to show that Holden going against the will of society to rebel, however, I think the author’s purpose of The Catcher in the Rye was to show that the individual will manifest in his desire for isolation comes from his is fear and damage done by fear of pain, failure, rejection, and is unwilling or unable to go along with the majority. This all shown through Imagery, symbolism, and diction.

In the beginning of the novel Salinger portrays Holden as an antisocial person who is often seen alone and describes the world as a “ world full of phonies” one example of this is at the beginning of the book wherein the scene where Holden is standing on a cliff looking down at the people below “Anyway, it was the Saturday of the football game. … I remember around three o 'clock that afternoon I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill. …You could
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