He is looking for any sort of answer he can get. Holden represents the attempt to shelter kids from growing up, and more personally, represents his desire to avoid the harshness of adult life. The emotional instability revealed can be related to by most people. Holden is in a stage between a grown up and childhood. Salinger uses copious amounts of symbolism in his novel to accurately convey the feelings of his main character, Holden, and, in essence, to reveal information pertaining to human sentiment. I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.
The ducks also symbolize change. What really happens to the ducks during the winter? One of these symbols is the ducks in the Central Park lagoon, which represent many important virtues in the novel. He prefers isolation but longs for companionship which would explain why he wore the hat at other times and when he did not. The Museum of Natural History The symbolism in The Catcher In The Rye can be seen with the mention of the Museum of Natural History. The taunting nature of the phrase represents his own inability to protect himself from the trials of adulthood.
He mentions the hat every time he wears it, symbolic of his desire to mention how independent he is. The fall from the cliff represents the fall from innocence. Do you happen to know where they go in the wintertime, by any chance? He thinks that most people are phonies and that they are not doing or saying what they really feel. Holden feels guilty that he is healthy and alive, while his brother, who was kinder and smarter, is dead. He mentions the hat every time he wears it, symbolic of his desire to mention how independent he is. An example of this is when Holden is kicked out of multiple schools and is forced to move on and find a solution.
As Graham points out, Holden 'begins to realise the impossibility of protecting children from corruption: the impossibility of being the catcher in the rye'. In the springtime and all? It represents Holden's desire to keep everything the same. He probably felt that the hat was a means of maintaining a connection to them. He asks several characters about it, ranging from cab drivers to his peers. The Museum of Natural History: Holden finds the museum appealing because everything in it stays the same. The fact that they come back brings Holden some consolation, insomuch that the change in the pond is temporary.
He thinks by finding the solution to the ducks problem he could also find a solution to his own one. He is mandated to leave Pencey, but has no idea where he belongs after leaving. In the springtime and all? Since the hat meant a lot to Holden, he wants Phoebe to have it so she has something to remember him by. Holden explains to Phoebe that all he wants to be is the catcher in the rye. I believe that Holden Caulfield is mentally disturbed and shows many… 681 Words 3 Pages Holden vs. The pond is in transition between two states, just as Holden is in transition between childhood and adulthood. Holden wonders what happens to the ducks at the central park lagoon during winter.
He is looking for any sort of answer he can get. Holden mistakes the words in the song, much in the same way he mistakes the cause of his torment--it comes from himself, not from others. His concern over where the ducks go and his joy when they return represent a youthful curiosity and joyfulness in exploring other matters in a character who generally lacks these qualities in other parts of his life. The fall from the cliff represents the fall from innocence. Then I got the hell out.
He rubs it out with his hand so the kids at the school won't be exposed to it and wonder what it means. He arrives drunk at the park to find to his dismay that the ducks are not there. The Catcher in the Rye, Part 2: The symbol is ironic. That's the first time something makes him feel better, instead of even more depressed. Holden just needs to be receptive to both so that he can live his life contently in this upside-down world. Holden thinks that the adult world is full of phonies and he wants to keep children from falling into adulthood. The hat is also childish in a way, and not necessarily something an adult would regularly wear.
Holden is afraid of change. He pictures himself wearing a giant mitt, ready to catch kids as they fall off a cliff while playing in the rye. As a result, he sits there pondering suicide, mainly because of the influence they have on him. Holden explains to Phoebe that all he wants to be is the catcher in the rye. He wants things to stay the same, but the ducks prove that one must adapt to the environment, that one has to change in order to survive. It also stands in contrast to the permanent loss he experiences with the death of Allie. Refresh your memory by checking out these study guides: and.
This boy is now singing the song of the catcher in the rye. Similarly, he longs for the meaningful connection he once had with Jane Gallagher, but he is too frightened to make any real effort to contact her. Holden Caulfield, the main character in the novel, is not the typical sixteen year old boy. 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. Salinger wrote The Catcher In The Rye in 1951. Holden enjoys innocence in children and believes kids are the truth. Do you happen to know where they go in the wintertime by any chance? These symbols represent Holden's fears of growing up and becoming a phony adult.
Does someone pull in with a lorry and take them away? Sometimes it seems that she does not care, like during wintertime, but she is still there, ever caring, just like Holden? Many novels cannot be fully understood and appreciated if only read for face value, and J. He wants to show that he's an adult, although he hasn't found out yet, if he already wants to be an adult. Ultimately, Holden finds himself trapped in a state of longing for his childhood, his frequent use of alcohol and cigarettes and sense of maturity, all a façade, masking his yearning for a life of innocence and honesty. It represents Holden's desire to keep everything the same. He later finds it written in another part of the school and then again at the Museum of Natural History.