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Catcher in the Rye Colors

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on 11 January 2013

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Transcript of Catcher in the Rye Colors

Catcher in the Rye Colors RED Holden's brother Allie had red hair. At this point in the novel, he is the only person who Holden seems to like. "He was also the nicest..... People with red hair are supposed to get mad very easily, but Allie never did..." (pg 50) He continues to praise Allie throughout the novel. Mentions sister phoebe’s red hair and allies red hair again. (87-88) Both are smart and he doesn’t point out any bad qualities (pure and likable.) Color could represent individuality in world, considering there are the only non-phonies in the world excluding Jane. 135-6 under green on stripper is pink, a diluted red/innocence because she is about Holden's age. •244- red blood all over james castle The red crayon graffiti on the tomb represents both innocence and maturity. The message conveyed is mature, but crayon and is a often associated with children. Possibly the child that wrote it didnt know the meaning (found on pg 264) YELLOW Yellow is used to describe a cowardly character pg 164 and 116 Holden wants to be the catcher in the rye, and catch the children when they fall off the cliff. If falling off the cliff is maturing, then the rye (which is yellow) is the in-between. This shows that Holden fears the adult world GREEN 47-51 there is green writing on Allie's glove, one poem is abut war. War is a very adult thing/concept, along with death and pain (Allie dies of leukemia) 135-6 the hooker’s dress is green. What she is hired to do is commonly associated with the adult world. BLUE 167-8 Holden is skating with Sally, who is wearing a blue dress. He also mentions how blue the sky is. This is another rare instance when Holden is happy. At the end, Holden is finally happy, watching phoebe go around the carousel. She is wearing a blue coat. "I didn't care though. I felt so damn happy all of the sudden, the way old Phoebe kept going around and around." (pg 275) She had on these blue pajamas with red elepants..... pg 212 Holden wants to "get it over with" when he encounters the stripper but then refuses after thinking about how young the girl is. "I think it was because she was young as hell. She was around my age." (pg 123) In the lavender room he dances with the girls and tries to get drunk, but they wont serve him alcohol. He is trying to act older, but he still is a child Holden is only 16 but he has a patch of grey hair. The adult world, sex, greed, pain, and all things bad. The "in between," the hard way to adulthood, cowardliness, and confusion. Calmness, serenity, peace, and happiness. Innocence, purity, individuality, selflessness, and childhood. Red Representing Childhood Red representing Innocence Red as Purity/Individuality "my hunting hat really gave me quite a lot of protection... but i got soaked anyways." (pg 275) Metaphorically speaking, his hat/innocence gave him protection but he still got soaked/matured. Yellow as cowardliness Yellow as "in-between" Blue as happiness Green as sex/adult world Green as pain
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