Symbols Catcher in the Rye has 3 main symbols. The main symbols of the book are the red hunting hat, the ducks at central park, and the museum. The red hunting hat is the biggest symbol in the book catcher in the rye. The red hunting hat is a symbol because it symbolizes Holden's insecurity without the hat. In the book, Holden tells us when he is wearing the hat and Holden never wears the hat when he is with people that he knows. He uses when he is alone to keep himself comfortable.
The ducks at central park symbolize for Holden the passing away of his brother and his always asking himself were do the ducks go during the winter and come back during spring, because of the death of his brother, Holden is always scared of disappearing. The pond were the ducks lie is as Holden says "partly frozen and partly not frozen." This transition is the same as Holden's transition between childhood and adulthood.
The museum is a smaller symbol in this book, it is a symbol in this book because Holden always wishes that the world would be like the museum, it wouldn't change. Holden is constantly terrified of big challenges in the world.