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Beucler, A -Ducks/Purpose in Life

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Neil Sullivan

on 23 May 2014

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Transcript of Beucler, A -Ducks/Purpose in Life

"You know those ducks in that lagoon right near Central Park South? That little Lake? By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it's all frozen over? Do you happen to know by any chance?' I realized it was only one chance in a million." (page 60)
Ducks vs Fish
"It's tougher for the fish, the winter and all, than it is for the ducks for Chrissake."
"What do they do, the fish and all, when that whole little lake's a solid block of ice, people skating on it and all?"
"What the hell-aya mean what do they do?" "They stay right where they are for Chrissake"
(page 82)
The Ducks in Central Park and the Significance/Purpose in Life
Significance of Ducks in Book
Holden is traveling wanderlessly, does not know where to go/do with his life
Asks about where ducks the go as a source of direction/indicator of where he should go in his life
Ducks represents teens approaching adulthood
Fish represent adulthood, they stay in place and face their problems
Winter represents problems or hard times in life

"'Listen,' he said. 'If you was a fish, Mother Nature'd take care of you, wouldn't she? Right? You don't think them fish just die when it gets to be winter, do ya?" (Page 83)

Underlying message: The only way to deal with tough times is to work through them instead of running away. Winter/ hard times will pass and life will solve its problems eventually.

Quotes Explained
- Holden never finds where the ducks go just like there is no conclusive ending to Holden's life
- Holden's curiosity with the ducks shows a youthful and genuine side of Holden

-Holden's obsession with the duck's whereabouts reflect his fear of the unknown or the disappearance of loved ones

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