Symbolism In Catcher In The Rye

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1. "Finally, what he did, instead of taking back what he said, he jumped out the window. (170)" Flashback: Holden thinks back at the suicide of one of his fellow classmates, one of the deaths that Holden was connected to. He didn't know the boy very well, but he died in his sweater and Holden heard him hit the ground. One of the things that mad Holden angry was the fact that James' instigators were only expelled. These are the types of "phonies" that cause Holden to have a cynical view of people. 2. "Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to…show more content…
Holden is curious as to where they go during the wintertime because during that time they are homeless. Holden is also in a way homeless because his parents and his school have no concern for him. He doesn't know where he ducks go, similar to how he doesn't know where his life will go. At the end of winter however, the ducks return like they always do, and Holden returns back home to his family and then starts his schooling once again. 9. "I saw him in Hamlet...I was anxious as he'll to see it too...He was too much like a goddam general, instead of a sad, screwed-up type guy. (117)" Metaphor: In many ways, Holden and Hamlet are alike in their defining characteristics. Both Hamlet and Holden have a deceased family member, who they are unable to move on from. Both Holden and Hamlet "talk" to their family members. Holden's only true friend, other than Phoebe, is Allie. Due to this unhealthy obsession with their family members, they begin to isolate themselves on account of insanity(Hamlet) and choice(Holden). Due to this, no one seems able to understand either characters' reasoning and point of view, causing them to be ostracized even further. 10. "I slept in the garage the night her died, and I broke all the goddamn windows with my fist, just for the hell of it.

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