catcher in the rye

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Taylor 1 Whitney Taylor Engl 203 Professor Ellis 9/17/07 The Ducks of the Central Park Lagoon In the book, The Catcher in the Rye , by J.D. Salinger, there are many important symbols that provide insight into Holden’s story through analysis and inspection. One of these important symbols is the symbol of the ducks in the Central Park lagoon. For the majority of the book, Holden talks as if he is a jaded individual; a grown man who has seen many evils in the world. But whenever he speaks of the ducks in the pond he sounds like an innocent young child. They provide an outlet for us to see what Holden’s heart is like under all of his angst and anger. These ducks are symbolic of several different things. First, they are symbolic of Holden’s ideas about death. Second, they are symbolic of the transition that Holden is making between childhood and adulthood. Third, they are symbolic of nature within New York City. I believe that this symbol of the pond and the ducks is one of the most important, and often overlooked, symbols in this novel. The ducks in the pond are a very good example of the way that Holden views death and other change. Holden wishes that everything would stay the same, and the ducks in the lagoon provide this constant. Although they disappear every winter, their disappearance happens in
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2008 for the course ENGLISH 203 taught by Professor Ellis during the Fall '08 term at Kansas.

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