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Catcher In The Rye Symbolism

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“I spent my whole childhood wishing I were older and now I'm spending my adulthood wishing I were younger.” Ricky Schroder. Some may want to grow old and some may want to stay young forever. Holden Caulfield describes his massive fears of change through symbolizes in his quick break of from school. J.D. Salinger displays throughout the revolutionary novel, Catcher in the Rye, that the wild that live in the pond in Central Park, New York, symbolizes multiple fears to Holden Caulfield. The lake that Holden refers to in the novel symbolizes the the change from childhood to adulthood. Holden, a very intelligent but cynical boy, has recently lost his little brother to leukemia. He is a former Pencey Prep student; being kicked out of school isn’t…show more content…
Another thought Holden receives as he is speaking to his old and sick history teacher pops up: “I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got icy and frozen over. I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something. Or if they just flew away” (16). If the ducks “fly away” they have to find new paths and places to live. Flying away displays their freedom and unpredictable travel. If “some guy came in a truck and took them to the zoo”, the ducks at the zoo’s life would be the same day in and day out like a child going to each class in the same order everyday. As Holden was getting a ride in the cab to a club called Ernie’s, he asked the driver a question: “You know the ducks that swim around in the pond? In the springtime and all? (91) The springtime is when Holden is home. In the winter, Holden is always starting a new start in a new school, so naturally Holden wonders about these ducks. The springtime and winter refers to the cycle of Holden’s life. After having a long talk with an old friend, Holden stopped by the pond again at night time: “I figured I’d go by that little lake and see what the hell the ducks were doing, see if they were around or not. I still don’t know if they were around or not.” (170). Holden can’t picture how the ducks leave so abruptly once winter starts like he can’t see where his own childhood went. He is
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