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The Catcher In The Rye encompasses very sophisticated meanings and symbols JD Salinger has created a symbolic environment for the novel where everything and everyone represents a particular thing or idea Salinger incorporates symbolism as an intricate tool for conveying his story to the reader In my essay I will highlight and explain various important symbols in the novel One of the most telling symbols in the novel is the name symbolism Holden Caulfield is not just a name Because of his perspective of life where everyone is a phony the name Holden seems to show that he is holden back not allowing himself to be absorbed into the ugly vicious adult world His last name Caulfield has a lot to do with the theme of childhood and innocence expressed throughout the novel A caul is part of a membrane around the head when a child is born This symbolizes comfort and protection for children Field represents the rye field where Holden wants to become the Catcher In The Rye who saves children form falling and entering the hypocritical and phoney world of adulthood This symbol is first used in chapter 16 when Holden sings Comin through the rye as he is walking down the street and is then used in chapter 22 when Phoebe asks him what he wants to do with his life he replies with his image from the song Holden imagines a field of rye perched high on a cliff full of children playing He says he would like to protect the children from falling off the edge of the cliff by catching them if they were falling Im standing on the edge of some crazy cliff What I have to do I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff--I mean if theyre running and they dont look where theyre going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them Thats all
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