Catcher in the Rye- Symbolism Analysis Name: ________________________ (Worth: 30 points for thorough work; 20 for mediocre work; 10 for poor work). EQ: What are the various symbols in Catcher in the Rye, and what are their various interpretations? Brainstorm of Possible Symbols in the novel: symbol: any thing (color, image, person, place, object, etc.) that can represent an idea. Symbols are interpretable and may have more than one, some of which are more accurate than others. Directions: 1. Complete the chart below or find the attachment on your class webpage and type in your answers. 2. Identify the symbols within each quote. 3. Write a 1-paragraph interpretation/ explanation of the meaning of that symbol. 4. Complete the reflection on back. *Make sure to read the context before responding to the quote. Page # Quote 13 “I was wondering if it would be frozen over when I got home, and if it was, where did the ducks go… Or if they just flew away.” E X A M P L E 36 “The snow was very good for packing... Finally I didn’t throw it at anything. All I did was close the window and walk around the room with the snowball, packing it harder.” Identification of Symbols Pond = Holden’s Life Ducks = Holden Flying Away = What will happen to Holden now that he has left Pencey. The Snow = Things that are “nice and white” = Holden not throwing the snowball = Interpretation/ Explanation Throughout the novel, Holden questions what happens to the ducks in winter. Symbolically, Holden identifies with the ducks, because like the pond, his life has “frozen over”, i.e., things don’t seem to be going very well for him. He wants to know what happens to the ducks, just like he would like to know what will happen to himself. 17 173 96 2 38 154 109 “…and then I put on this hat that I’d bought in New York that morning. It was this red hunting hat…It only cost me a buck.” “I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.” “The salesman Sunny = probably thought she was a regular girl…It made me feel sad as hell.” “Now he’s out in Hollywood, D.B., being a prostitute.” “So what I did, I wrote about my brother Allie’s baseball mitt.” “Then something terrible happened…Phoebe’s record…broke into about fifty pieces.” “…these two nuns were sitting next to me…” Reflection: Explain the major symbolism occurring in Catcher in the Rye. What do most things represent? What does this tell you about what Holden is concerned with? Why does he feel this way?