In the novel, The Cather in the Rye, by J. Salinger, he express how Holden Caulfield is stuck in the middle of his childhood and adulthood. He just doesn't seem like he wants to grow up and become the adult he can be, but he also hates his life as a teenager. The role of Jane's kings in the back row represents Holden being afraid of undergoing maturation in the adult world. .
Holden talks about how Jane uses her kings in the back row technique in a seemingly happy and fun way. Holden really liked Jane and admired her so much. He says about Jane, ""She wouldn't move any of her kings. What she"d do, when she"d get a king, she wouldn't move it. She"d just leave it in the back row. She"d get them all lined up in the back row. Then she"d never use them. She just liked the way they looked when they were all in the back row"" (41). Holden isn't doing too well in school, failing four of his classes, and doesn't really have any friends, staying home during the big football game. Holden is remembering all the good times he had with Jane, the qualities he enjoyed in her. But Holden's struggling through his adolescent life. The symbolism of Jane keeping her kings in the back row in something that Holden likes and remembers very well. The author describes Jane's character as a very happy child and good friend to Holden. This also symbolizes how Holden is being held back by his child like mind and him not letting himself grow up to an adult.
There are many symbols in the novel, the game of checkers is like the game of life and each move you make will help you in the process and in the long run. Holden likes her style and shows how he doesn't care about anything, let alone his life. He's just afraid of becoming another stupid adult. Jane symbolizes Holden's childhood and how she's a very happy and content person. He savors, and the little responsibility kids have and how they don't necessarily have to worry about things and just play around.