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Symbolism The title of the book is a symbol in its self The song by Rober Burns Comin Thro the Rye actually is about seeing if it is wrong for two people to have a romantic encounter in a field of rye away from the public eye In Chapter 16 when Holden sees the little boy walking in the street and singing that song Holden mistakes the line if a body -meet- a body coming through the rye for if a body -catch- a body coming through the rye Really the two words -catch- and -meet- have a totally opposite meaning When Phoebe asks Holden in Chapter 22 What he wants to do he says that he wants to be a catcher in the rye that he wants to catch the children before they fall off the cliff Holden wants to protect the children He wants to catch the children before they fall out of innocence into knowledge of the real world including knowledge of sex Holdens Red Hunting Hat is one of the most recognizable symbols in the book You just cant picture Holden without it really It is a symbol of uniqueness and individuality It shows that Holden wants to stand out and be different from everyone around him Whenever he wears the hat though he is always sure to tell that he when he was wearing it and how he was wearing it He doesnt usually wear the hat around people he knows The hat shows that Holdens need for isolation compared to his need for companionship The hats color red is the same color of Allie and Phoebes hair Maybe Holden associates it with the innocence he believes that his brother and sister had or have The Museum of Natural History is the world Holden wishes that he could live in The mummy display appeals to him because they are frozen in time and unchanging He
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