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Rubin, J - Ducks - Period 2

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Transcript of Rubin, J - Ducks - Period 2

"I started walking over to the park. I figured I'd go by that little lake and see what the hell the ducks were doing" (Salinger 153).
THE DUCKS OF CENTRAL PARK
by JOSH RUBIN

Holden does not respect authority and tired of being lectures
Are ducks like Holden?
Imagination imparts a sense of immaturity
"I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over. I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them....to a zoo...[o]r if they just flew away" (Salinger 13)
Holden eager to find a way to escape his angst
Contrast of curiosity of Holden to stern-nature of adults
No one else understands his obsession
Ducks struggle in the winter; is Holden struggling too?
"By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over?" (Salinger 60).
"The ducks. Do you know, by any chance...[if] somebody come around in a truck...and take them away, or do they fly away?" (Salinger 81-82)
Ducks have possibly escaped; Drinking is one way to "escape" reality
Drinking has not eliminated the problems of Holden; have the Ducks escaped their problems?
Holden now taking it upon himself to find out if ducks are there
Conclusion

Youth and curiosity- Holden shows lots of curiosity for the ducks showing a youthful contrast to his usually grumpy nature
Maturing- Ducks need to migrate in cold weather in order to survive. Likewise, Holden must mature and change his ways
Temporary change- Ducks come back in spring as a sign of hope and rebirth
Holden realizes that he just can not escape the harsh reality of life like the Ducks
Turning point in Holden's attitude
Ducks have come to symbolize hope and renewal
"But I didn't see any ducks around. I walked all around the whole damn lake- I damn near fell in once, in fact- but I didn't see a single duck" (Salinger 154).
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