Catcher in the Rye
The title of this novel—The Catcher in the Rye uses symbolization in order to fully reveal Holden’s internal thoughts and the change that he goes through by the end of this novel. Firstly, Holden want to be a catcher in the rye and it is the only thing that he wants to do. He is experiencing a huge change as a teenager, because early in this book, he does not care about his future at all. Holden says, “ 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 do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff” (191). He wants to just stand in the rye-field all day and prevent the young children to fall from the cliff at the edge of the rye-field. The rye-field and the cliff are symbols of childhood and adulthood. Holden knows that he is struggling on the edge of childhood and adulthood, and he wants to stop other naive children from falling into adulthood. Moreover, Holden successfully becomes a “catcher in the rye”....