When reading a story with animals as the main focus, human characteristics are either found in or projected onto the characters in order to make them relatable. “Man’s best friend” -a.k.a. dogs- are relatively easy to relate to for this reason; people see their dogs as one of the family, talking to and sometimes
Pete the Cat leads five ducks outside to play. One by one they disappear while doing different activities throughout the area. Finally, on a rainy day, Pete the cat lost all his friends and had nobody to play with until he came across the five little ducks who surprised Pete with something they all could enjoy.
The Ducks In the Central Park Lagoon are impactful to the book because they represent the exact opposite characteristic than that of the main character Holden. The ducks represent beneficial decisions at times of adversity, while Holden struggles to guide himself in the right direction at these times. Holden is very hung up on where the ducks in the pond go in the winter when the pond is frozen and no longer suitable for them to live in. Holden will often bring it up during conversation, as he did with a cab driver, he asked “well, you know the ducks that swim around in it? In the springtime and all? Do you happen to know where in the
The ducks are first brought to the reader’s attention while Holden is visiting his teacher, Mr. Spencer, regarding his removal from Pencey. While conversing with Mr. Spencer, however, Holden’s mind drifts elsewhere. His mind drifts back to New York as he wonders to himself if the lagoon in Central Park is frozen over, and if so, where do the ducks go? A direct parallel can be drawn from the ducks in the lagoon to Holden’s present situation. He is mandated to leave Pencey, but has no idea where he belongs after leaving. Just like the ducks in the lagoon, “Holden is essentially homeless, frozen out” (Trowbridge par. 1). Holden’s life has not been filled with an abundance of stability and now what little he had is gone, albeit due to faults of his own, and he sees an unsure and hazy future. Holden inquires about the state of the ducks to the driver of the first cab he catches in New York, and the driver believes that he is kidding. Later on, he asks another cab driver if somebody came around “in a truck or something to take them away” or if they flew away “by themselves” (Salinger 81-82). Knowing what happens to these ducks, knowing that they are safe and secure even though the lagoon is frozen would provide Holden with a sense of comfort about his current state of affairs. What seems to be a ridiculous and meaningless question to the
Where do the ducks go during the Winter when the water is frozen? In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the character, Holden Caulfield, has an underlying mental condition. He failed out of four schools; he saw his friend commit suicide; and his younger brother died of cancer. These life-changing experiences paved the way for Holden’s insecure and unstable life. By his narration, Holden hints at his disorder throughout the book without fully explaining his condition. Holden’s many insecurities, his teetering on the edge of childhood and adulthood, and his irrational ideas help the reader realize that Holden has a mental problem.
Everyone in Rudy’s platoon are tense. They now assume the Centauri forces are planning a trap due to abandoning an important position. As for Rudy himself, he falls asleep but doesn’t appear comfortable.
When Holden arrives New York, he tried to call several people but for various reasons he decided against it. Holden doesn’t seem to know what to do in New York since he is three days earlier as expected by his parents. So he rode a cab and he asked the cab driver where the ducks in Central Park go when the lagoon freezes, but his question annoys the driver.
Holden uses the ducks to represent himself, because they have to face the rest of the world, which is the ice they are surrounded by in winter. He doesn't want to become a phony adult, and uses James Castle as an example. He took his own life and in Holden’s eyes you are running away from your problems and a phony. His little sister, Phoebe, is still a child and he wants to do everything in his power
Throughout the novel, Holden questions what happens to the ducks in the winter time, where do they go. Salinger illustrates Holden’s infatuation with the ducks symbolizes the struggle he has with growing up and relates it is as a sign of lost innocence. The first mention of the ducks, “I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got all 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.” (Ch.2 P.13) shows Holden’s concern for innocence. The lagoon getting icy and frozen is really talking about when a person goes through a transformation from kid to adult, the ducks symbolizing the innocence
The Peabody ducks first appeared at the hotel in the 1930s when the general manager of the Peabody, Chip Barwick, returned from a hunting trip – somewhat inebriated. He was accompanied
Nevertheless, John admitted that teaching the “master-beast” basics to the dog was necessary in their relationship. Reading the book, I understood how it’s hard to have patience when a dog doesn’t obey the master’s commands. On the other hand, if a person loves dogs, he will forgive the chewed leather shoes and shredded furniture.
The tale of “The Ugly Duckling” has been told for many generations. It is the story of a little swan that is mistakenly hatched in a duck’s nest and because of his strange and different appearance he is teased and ridiculed. Even his mother can’t understand how this “ugly duckling” could be one of her own. The ugly duckling goes through many hardships and a long, lonely winter. Then upon seeing his reflection in the pond he realizes that he has become a beautiful swan and happily swims off, joining a group of nearby swans.