Catcher In The Rye Symbolism

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“Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules”( Salinger 12). The Catcher in the Rye is a coming- of- age novel by J.D Salinger, in which Holden Caulfield, the teenage protagonist is unable to play by the rules. His life has been full of very lonely experiences, great trauma and the pain of the loss of his innocence. He is an unusual sixteen year-old boy, who has been expelled from a private school because of academic failure. “Holden’s central goal is to resist the process of maturity itself” (Sparknotes). In The Catcher in the Rye, the catcher’s mitt is a symbol of Holden’s loss of innocence and is portrayed by Holden Caulfield and throughout the book. The symbol of the catcher's mitt is a recurring point that develops throughout the story. The catcher’s mitt belonged to Holden’s brother, Allie. Holden’s younger brother, Allie, dies of leukemia three years before the start of the novel. Allie was brilliant, friendly, intellectual- according to Holden, he was smartest boy of the family. Holden loves his younger brother Allie a lot, so when he dies, Ho...

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