Symbolism in Cather and The Rye
Symbols of catcher and The Rye
In the book Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, there are many symbols. A symbol is
something that represents something else by association or resemblance.
An example of a symbol that was reoccurring throughout the book is the hunting cap. This
is a symbol for searching. Holden, the main character in the book, buys a hunting cap.
This is a symbol for hunting for Holden “hunting” for a meaning in his life.
Holden always criticizing about how everyone is fake and he never really pays attention to
his life. When he buys the hunting cap, it is as if he is searching for the purpose in his
life. Also him wearing the hat backward is like when a catcher wears his helmet backwards
and Holden wants to be a “catcher in the rye.”
The second example of a symbol is the ducks. J.D Salinger refers to the ducks though out
the story. Holden is always checking for where the ducks went. The ducks are a symbol for