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Catcher in the Rye Prezi

Prezi explaining the ducks/fish in the pond

Jack Zeligson

on 10 January 2013

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Transcript of Catcher in the Rye Prezi

Catcher in the Rye The Duck/Fish Pond The First Mentioning "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?" (p. 60) This occurs right after Holden
escapes Pencey,and get in his
first cab. He asks his cab driver
this question, but the cab driver
doesn't have anything to say on
the matter. This is the first time
Holden brings this up in the
story. Holden's Reasoning Holden asks his cab driver this
because it is very early on in his
journey. In this case, Holden can
be compared to the ducks of this
pond. Holden wants to know where the ducks go when things
get bad, so that he too will have
some guidance The Second Encounter "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?" (p. 81) "The fish don't go no place. They stay right where they are, the fish. Right in the goddam lake." (P. 82) "If you was a fish, Mother Nature'd take care of you, wouldn't she? You don't think them fish just die when it gets to be winter, do you?" P. 83 "They (the fish) live right in the goddam ice. It's their nature for Chrissake. They get frozen right in one position for the whole winter." (p. 82) At this point, Holden asks a second time about the ducks in the pond, but who he asks, his cab driver, talks about the fish in the pond, opening up the possibility of a comparison between Holden and fish. The cab driver talks about how fish stay in the pond, frozen and not going anywhere, which at this point Holden can relate. Holden is constantly moving place to place, but ultimately he is going nowhere. Even Holden doesn't know what he is doing or where he is supposed to go. He is simply just stuck, as if he were a fish frozen in ice. Why Salinger Used This This conversation between Holden and his cab driver was created to show Holden that even though he may be a duck, or a fish, other people in the world have problems. That you should also think of the fish trapped in the ice, instead of only thinking about where you are going to go. There is a deep message in this conversation that was made so that readers would think about it and in return, learn from it. Return to the Duck Pond "I had the most terrific trouble finding that lagoon that night." "It was partly frozen and partly not frozen.
But I didn't see any ducks around" "I damn near fell in once, in fact -- but I didn't see any ducks" "I thought maybe if there were any around, they might be asleep or something near the edge of the water, near the grass and all. That's how I nearly fell in. But I couldn't find any." Why Did Holden Go Back? Holden returns to the duck
pond because he wants to see
if any of the ducks have stuck
around. Of course, he discovers that
all of the ducks in the pond are not
there anymore, causing Holden
to somewhat realize that it is his
time to move on as well. Also,
Holden looks for these ducks so
hard, he almost falls into the pond,
showing that A: He wants to know that at least one duck stayed, and B: Holden is on the edge of falling back into the "pond" he started in.
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