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Hovis, M- Ducks/Innocence- Period 4

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Neil Sullivan

on 23 May 2014

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Transcript of Hovis, M- Ducks/Innocence- Period 4

-The ducks represent Holden's transition to adulthood. Their seasonal life-cycle demonstrates that traumatizing events such as his brother's death are ephemeral, laying the ground work for new beginnings
"Well, you know the ducks that swim around in it? In the springtime and all? Do you happen to know where they go in the wintertime by any chance? " (81)
The Ducks
The Significance of
- The simple incorporation of ducks in
The Catcher in the Rye
symbolizes his youthful curiosity. As opposed to his usual cynical attitude throughout the majority of the book, he now exhibits a more submissive and youthful outlook on life.
Salinger's Purpose
By incorporating the symbol of the ducks, Salinger conveys a message to the reader that while Holden exhibits pessimistic behavior, he also pertains a genuine quality of innocence.
In Central Park
Innocence vs. Experience
"All right. What do they do, the fish and all, when that whole little lake's a solid block of ice, people
on it and all?

"Yeah? What do they eat, then? I mean if they're frozen solid, they can't swim around looking for food and all." (83)
-Holden's protective attitude towards the ducks evokes the theme of innocence because of his deep concern for their fates when Winter would take its toll on the pond and its inhabitants.
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