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SYMBOLISM IN CATHER IN THE RYE- F**K YOU

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Anika Chatterjee

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Transcript of SYMBOLISM IN CATHER IN THE RYE- F**K YOU


Our piece of symbolism
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SYMBOLISM IN CATCHER IN THE RYE- F**K YOU
The words "f**k" you kept appearing constantly in Chapter 25 when Holden went to get Phoebe from school. Could it mean something more than the way we first read it? It represents a different part of Holden, the vulgarities in his life that led to his "depression"
First Quote
"Somebody'd written 'Fuck you' on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other kids would see it, and how they'd wonder what the hell it meant." (201)
Second Quote
" I think, even, if I ever die, and they stick me in a cemetery, and I have a tombstone and all, it'll say 'Holden Caulfield' on it, and then what year I was born and what year I died, and then right under that it'll say "Fuck you." I'm positive, in fact." (204)
Third Quote

Reality
These words written around Holden represent corruption in Holden's life which is why it's led to this harsh type of personality.
Our piece of symbolism
This symbol of graffiti represents that Holden does not feel comfortable allowing small children to be introduced to profanity. Through out the novel, Holden seems to be very stuck on the past. He wants to protect his innocence while growing up because he has seen the harsh realities of the future. Holden also doesn't want his sister to grow up the way he has, cursing everything and everyone in the world.
Holden starts realizing that he's not the best person he can be and basically his attitude towards everything (especially through this book) is "f everything". These places where f you is written (the museum and elementary school) particularly bother Holden because they are a part of his childhood and it seems like he had a good childhood, he never complained about it. In Holden's world everything has been corrupted by coarseness. Even when it comes to his own tombstone and death, Holden believes it can't peaceful because someone will write f you on the tomb.
What I think "F**k you" means to Holden isn't just the actual words. To Holden it means the thought of saying it, seeing it, and hearing it.
For example, "I saw something that drove me crazy. Somebody'd written 'Fuck you' on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy." pg. 201 Seeing this written in the school made Holden upset. It's either the idea of the words corrupting the children when they pass it, or it could also be in his head that he cannot get rid of it.



"If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't rub out ever half the "fuck you" signs in the world. It's impossible." pg. 202 Holden isn't only talking about written "fuck you". He is also implying that it's said, written, shown (middle finger). He thinks people over use it and no matter how many times you ignore it it gets used and there's no getting rid of it, much like problems and mistakes.
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