Symbolism in the "Catcher in the Rye" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Symbolism in the "Catcher in the Rye"
An analysis of the symbolism in the novel "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger.
# 35279 | 900 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 25, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains the symbolism of some of the elements presented in the novel "The Catcher in the Rye." The paper discusses the symbolism represented by the presence of the ducks in Central Park Lagoon and Holden's red hunting. The paper then examines the symbolism of Phoebe, Ackley and Stradlater, D.B., Jane Gallagher, Gatsby of "The Great Gatsby" and David Copperfield.

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"The first symbolic element that will be discussed in the paper is presence of the ducks in Central Park Lagoon. For one thing, Holden's innate curiosity about the ducks reveals that he is a child at heart fond of learning new things. Most of the time he appears as an old grouch who appears to be complaining about every other thing that happens in his life but the ducks reveal a younger and positive side to his character. When it comes to the ducks one feels that Holden is ready to take on the mysteries of the world without any complaints and the ducks represent the promise of those things that are yet not know to Holden. The ducks are important in this respect because Holden clearly lacks such enthusiasm when it comes to the other matters pertaining to his life. In some ways the ducks run parallel to Holden ("The Catcher in the Rye: Summary and Analysis," Spark notes)."

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