Catcher In The Rye Symbolism

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The Catcher in the Rye Symbolism The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, is a novel depicting just a few short days of Holden Caulfield’s life. Holden is a stubborn, “me against the world” type kid, who is lost in his own mind and struggles with finding himself. Throughout the story Holden is constantly at odds because he wants to stay in his youth, but is being forced into entering adulthood. He falls into a depressive state and struggles to find a place that he can really feel at home, leaving him to be on his own for a while in the city of New York to discover himself. Salinger utilizes the Museum of Natural History to to show why he struggles between being a child and an adult. The Museum of Natural History has been one of the most…show more content…
He loved going there and there was always something about it that made him feel a little bit at home. Holden’s feelings…show more content…
Holden is dealing with constant change in his life that he is not fully ready for. Entering the adult world with growing age and being expected to leave his childhood behind, as well as his family problems and the constant switching of schools, leaves him battling with the idea of change and has him seeing something in the museum that makes him feel like the time is not slipping so quickly away from him. “You could go there a hundred thousand times, and that Eskimo would still be just finished catching those two fish, the birds would still be on their way south, the deers would still be drinking out of the water hole...Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different is you” (135). He feels strongly about the fact that everything about the museum is carved into his mind and he knows nothing will change it. No one will take the memories away, or alternate what he knows and what he is sure of, when he is not sure of much right now. It gives him a secure state of mind knowing that no matter how much inevitable change he’s going through, that something is going to stay exactly the same. “I mean you’d just be different in some way-I can’t explain what I mean. And even if I could, I’m not sure I’d feel like it” (135). The way that Holden rejects the idea of explaining

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