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Toloczko, A- The Ducks in central park/the search for a purpose- Period 7
Transcript of Toloczko, A- The Ducks in central park/the search for a purpose- Period 7
by: Ali Toloczko period 7
"Hey, listen" I said. "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 gets
all frozen over? Do you happen to know by any
chance?" - page 60
What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by. I mean I've left schools and places I didn't even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don't care if it's a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. If you don't, you feel even worse. -page 4
Holden thinks about the ducks and where they go in the winter because they are similar to himself.
He has reached an intersection in his life, when he is kicked out of Pencey, and now he does not know what to do next.
This is like the ducks because when their home is frozen over they have to relocate and make new decisions/change their life.
"The ducks. Do you know, by any
chance? I mean does somebody come around in a truck or something and take them away, or do they fly away by themselves- go south or something?" -page 80
"I don't even know what I was running for - I guess I just felt like it." -page 5
The fact that the lake is frozen is important too because it is frozen at a time when Holden is also frozen; he is stuck in the same cycle that never ends, always being kicked out of school.
In conclusion, the author chooses to use the ducks because they are a representation of Holden. They both are stuck in a repetitive cycle with no purpose. Many teens don't know what they are going to do with their life or what their purpose is, so Salinger tries to demonstrate the uncertainty they feel.