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Symbolism in Catcher in the Rye

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Deeksha Chaturvedi

on 20 November 2013

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Transcript of Symbolism in Catcher in the Rye

"For Chrissake"
Biblical reference
Jesus died for our sins
God's forgiveness
Holden needs to forgive himself and his family
Needs to accept that Allie's death was not his fault
The Great Gatsby
Broken Windows
Holden is in a fragile and sensitive state
Does not know how to express himself
Seeks action to get relief (does not work)
His life shattered like the windows he punched
Anger stage of grief fist
Grief catalyzes the demise of an individual. To prevent this demise, an individual must conquer grief through the acceptance of its presence.
Broken Record
"I was sixteen then, and I'm seventeen now, and sometimes I act like I'm about thirteen." (9)
"I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed." (38)
Stunted maturity Holden cannot accept Allie's death
Evidences that grief prevents an individual from moving on, from maturing
Avoids the cause of his grief Struggle between childhood and adulthood
Similarities between Holden and Gatsby
Both dealing with loss
Both books are narrated by a mental hospital patient
Gatsby serves as a warning
If Holden does not accept his loss, he will face consequences
Symbolism in
Catcher in the Rye

Signifies acceptance
Moving on
Sees past her grief
Something Holden struggles with
This attribute of Phoebe may be part of the reason Holden admires her.
Phoebe = frustrated with Holden's inability to accept
"Little Shirley Beans" shatters
Unable to be put back together
Carries with him the broken pieces
Even if Holden could put the record back together, it would never be able to play the same song
Parallels Holden's life after Allie's death
He carries the grief around with him
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