A Separate Peace and The Catcher in the rye symbols

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Introductory Statement:In the book The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger and in the novel A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, there are many significant symbols throughout both books. In Merriam-Webster Dictionary, symbolism is defined as "artistic imitation or invention that is a method of revealing or suggesting immaterial, ideal, or otherwise intangible truth or states". Both Salinger and Knowles display meaningful symbols throughout their novels that give the reader a better understanding of the intentions and meanings which are revealed throughout the novels.
Thesis Statement: Both Salinger and Knowles display meaningful symbols throughout their novels that give the reader a better understanding of the intentions and meanings which are revealed throughout the novels.
@ "What I have to do, I have to catch . . .but that's the only thing I'd really like to be" (Pg 173)
B: "This is a people shooting. . .'I shoot people in this hat'" (Pg 22)
C:"Finny, his balance gone, swung his head to look at me for an instant with extreme interest, and then he tumbled sideways, broke through the little branches below and hit the bank with a sickening, unnatural thud” (Pg 52).
D: "We had never used this lower river . . . and into the turbid Naguamsett." (Pg 68)
Paragraph 1 (Topic Sentence) @ Holden's desire to be The Catcher in the Rye has symbolic meaning of his need to stop the transition from childhood innocence to falling off the cliff and becoming a phony.
Paragraph 2 (Topic Sentence) B: Holden's Red Hunting cap symbolizes his isolation and need to run from society when turned to the front, as well as his need of protection of childhood innocence, as if he is a catcher when his hat is turned to the back.
Paragraph 3 (Topic Sentence) C: Finny's fall represents the fall from innocence, and