Symbolism In J. D. Salinger

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In literature, symbolism can take many forms including: a figure of speech where an object, person, or situation has another meaning. Throughout J. D. Salinger’s novel he conveys symbols to the reader through images and places that the characters go. Holden the main character is going through difficult times as he grows up. This novel represents the difficulty or danger of growing up through the three symbols which are Allie’s Baseball Glove, The Museum of Natural History, and Holden’s Red Hunting Hat. Holden had a very confusing and difficult time with coming to age with adulthood due to the tragedy that happened to one of his family members. At the beginning of the book, Holden says “Allie wrote them on it so that he’d have something to

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