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Thoughts on Symbolism || The Catcher in the Rye

Maybe Allie’s baseball mitt is “the catcher in the rye” for Holden?

The mitt is an object that represents human connection (no matter how immortalised) and this connection is particularly powerful when it comes to death.

Does the mitt stop Holden from falling off the cliff?

Throughout the narrative, are the fleeting sympathies and honest reflections of Holden    (memories of Allie…goodness) trying to delay his impending fall?


Will the baseball mitt catch him – the symbolic significance of the colour green as luck; one could infer that Holden will eventually be saved/get better… or that his luck broke by the end of the novel.

Does the mitt symbolise the truth of childhood: that without protection (or in Holden’s case help) you will fall.