You don't think them fish just die when it gets to be winter, do ya? He wasn't a bad guy, though. The fact that he often takes it off when around people he knows highlights his conflict between wanting isolation and wanting companionship. There are two instances when the symbolism plays out. Or if they just flew away. Or did you connect to the story or even just one of the characters? I didn't want to start an argument.
He desperately needs human contact and love, but his protective wall of bitterness prevents him from looking for such interaction. At the Museum, the exhibits can be considered frozen in time and unchanging. He wants to reach out to her but decides not to or fails in his attempt. The search is in vain, and he manages to break 's record in the process. There are many symbols of his youth throughout the book, such as his curiosity about ducks. He decides to ask his taxicab driver if he knows where the ducks go. The red hunting hat is a symbol because it symbolizes Holden's insecurity without the hat.
We get to learn about his fears, the things that he loves and are important to him. I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over. After getting kicked out of Pencey, his life seems to have frozen over. I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over. I thought probably I'd get pneumonia and die 200. By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over? I think the point the author is trying to make is that Holden is terrified about the unpredictable challenges of the world. I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something.
We do not know for sure how much Holden knows about the ducks, but we can conclude that this little fact, which is common knowledge, shows how Holden is protecting his innocence. Salinger, Holden Caulfield deals with death to cope with himself to justify the people have not been there for him. Do they just fly away? An example of this is when Holden is kicked out of multiple schools and is forced to move on and find a solution. He is thinking about the ducks and about where they go. As Phoebe points out, Holden has misheard the lyric. It follows the story of Holden Caulfield, a 16-year-old adolescent boy.
Through these strong images, Salinger shows that Holden is capable of being both sensitive and perceptive when reflecting on his early childhood. Holden wants to catch children before they fall out of innocence into knowledge of the adult world, including knowledge of sex. For Further Reading Holden makes several allusions to literary works in the novel. Throughout the book catcher in the rye, whenever Holden wore the red hat it was mentioned. He has three ones, five quarters, and a nickel with him.
They stay right where they are, the fish. This one in a million chance is Holden referring to his realization that the odds of a complete stranger answering his question seriously, are as good as none. I sort of closed one eye, like I was taking aim at it. He later finds it written in another part of the school and then again at the Museum of Natural History. Holden is constantly terrified of big challenges in the world.
Sallinger, a young Holden Caufield is refusing to grow up. Do you happen to know, by any chance? Then I thought of something, all of a sudden. He is exactly that, in a transition between childhood and adulthood, half frozen and half not, the ducks in the pond being an everlasting symbol for the reluctance he shows to transition to adulthood, and his futile attempts to slow the inevitable process of maturity. In total contrast, he is a smart individual but with his reservations. I personally thought the red hunting hat, The Museum of Natural History, and The Ducks in the Central Park Lagoon were the most significant and came up regularly in the novel. Holden's fixation on the ducks is also a symbol of his struggle with change and growing up. All three of these symbols have great significance in this book.
He also mentions that he is troubled by the fact that he has changed every time he returns to them. Nothing reveals his image of these two worlds better than his fantasy about the catcher in the rye: he imagines childhood as an idyllic field of rye in which children romp and play; adulthood, for the children of this world, is equivalent to death—a fatal fall over the edge of a cliff. The novel The Catcher in the Rye, by J. He uses when he is alone to keep himself comfortable. Journey texts are particularly successful in this sense, as every person has gone on some sort of journey in their life.
It made me feel not so depressed anymore. Holden is in a stage between a grown up and childhood. In The Catcher in the Rye J. There are three symbols unparticular that are used most regularly in the novel. He disregards the dangers that come with walking down the street rather than the sidewalk.