The Catcher in the Rye

What might each of the following represent (In chapter 22)?

The rye field

Holden "catching" the children

The cliff

The fall

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The rye field symbolizes Holden's childhood.

Catching the children represents Holden's desire to protect the children and their innate innocence.

The cliff represents to transition (sharp) into adulthood and the loss of innocence.

The fall is the process of becoming an adult; the actual time in which innocence is lost.


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