The Catcher In The Rye (Stephanie and Anthony)

Our Illustration was inspired by Catcher of the Rye by J.D. Salinger. In the book, the narrator articulates a scene where Holden Caulfield says, “he pictures all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and he has to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff.” (Salinger) This scene highlights the overall symbolic theme throughout the book; the ordeals of transitions in life. We live a life always adapting and transitioning into different chapters in our lives. Just like an immigrant transitions from their motherland to New York. The action of transition is illustrated in the act of Holden jumping from a barren, dilapidated New York Island with determination and fearlessness of the unknown into the mecca of New York. The desert-like state of the New York Island represents the notion of immigrants before they came and saw the potential of the land, which becomes filled with opportunities with their presence. The tree on this island references Elmhurst renamed. due to the abundant Elms found here, and to disassociate the location from Newtown. The people planting the tree symbolize the roots that will bear the fruit of immigrant labor. Thus, we sons and daughters of immigrants, their legacy, will one day reap and eat the fruit of their own labor and bask in their blessings and prosperity will be ours through hard work.

 

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