The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a roller coaster drive through the head of an angry, defeated and baffled adolescent named Holden Caulfield. After acquiring expelled from Pencey, Holden takes a trip to New York City where Holden keeps inquiring the cab drivers where all the ducks in the laguna near the Central Park South go in the winter. This laguna and the animate beings in it are invariably are used by J.D. Salinger to demo Holden & # 8217 ; s rejection for maturity.
Holden & # 8217 ; s wonder about the ducks in Central Park relates to his ain maturity insecurities. Merely as the ducks face the difficult times of winter, Holden is at the extremum of his teen-aged old ages, merely about to travel on to the difficult times of maturity. Holden asks the cab driver about the ducks: & # 8220 ; I mean does person come around in a truck or something and take them off, or do they wing off by themselves-go South or something & # 8221 ; ( 82 ) . Holden & # 8217 ; s inquiries of what the ducks do in the winter foreshadow Holden & # 8217 ; s ain programs. Holden wants to cognize if they either wing off to the South to get away the coldness and the adversities of winter like the manner Holden wants to travel to the West to acquire off from the hypocrites and get away the adversities of maturity. Or if they are dependent on a parental figure such as the truck that comes to their deliverance and takes them off similar to the manner Holden wants to remain a kid and dependant. Besides the thought that the ducks are saved by a truck suggests Holden wanting to be the Catcher in the Rye, salvaging kids from the adversity of maturity. The ducks, in whatever manner, avoid the coldness and adversities of winter and are nowhere to be found during this clip. This symbolizes Holden desiring to avoid maturity and travel off to some topographic point where he won & # 8217 ; Ts have to confront the jobs of being an grownup.
Holden & # 8217 ; s reading of maturity is symbolically criticized as his conversation with the cab cab driver takes a bend and the fish that live in the laguna is brought up. When Holden asks the cab driver where the fish go when winter comes and the pool becomes a solid block of ice, he responds: & # 8220 ; They live right in the goddamn ice. It & # 8217 ; s their nature, for Chrissake. They get frozen right in one place for the whole winter & # 8221 ; ( 82 ) . This symbolizes a individual going an grownup in the position of a individual from the universe of experience. During spring and summer, the fishes swim around the pool. This is similar to child who is allowed drama and has a batch of freedom. But as autumn and winter comes about and the pool begins to stop dead, and the fishes lose more and more infinite to swim around in, similar to the manner that a kid loses more and more of his freedom as he grows up. From the position of a individual from the universe of experience such as the cab driver, I
T is the fish’s nature” to populate right in the ice which suggests that a person’s nature” is to turn up and go an grownup. However, throughout the whole conversation, Holden ne’er seems to hold with anything that the cab driver says. This is because Holden culls maturity. He doesn’t want to believe that it is a person’s nature to go an grownup. Holden goes on to inquire the cab driver how the fish chows when the full laguna is frozen, and he responds that the fish return in the nutrition and all, right through the goddam seaweed and dirt that’s in the ice” ( 83 ) by holding their pores open all the time” ( 83 ) . Holden responds with a individual oh” and let’s it bead. After Holden gets to his finish, the cab driver ends their conversation by stating: If you were a fish, Mother Nature would take attention of you, wouldn’t she? Right? You don’t believe them angle merely dice when it gets to be winter, do ya? ” ( 83 ) . Holden answers, No, but-” ( 83 ) . The cab driver believes that even an grownup will be protected similar to the manner fish are protected by Mother Nature even when winter axial rotations about. He believes that like the fish who gets their nutrient right through his pores from the ice, grownups aren’t wholly independent but dependent on the society and the people around him. But Holden ne’er agrees to the cab driver’s theory and he continues to reject maturity.
The fish International Relations and Security Network & # 8217 ; t the lone thing that Holden and the cab driver have a problem holding upon. Holden besides has a difficult clip holding with the fact that when the laguna freezing, the fish unrecorded right in the ice. When Holden asks the cab driver where the fish goes, he responds: & # 8220 ; What the hell-aya mean what do they make? They stay right where they are, for Chrissake & # 8221 ; ( 82 ) . However, Holden has a difficult clip understanding what the cab driver is stating. He & # 8217 ; s response to the cab driver & # 8217 ; s remarks is, & # 8220 ; They can & # 8217 ; t merely disregard the ice. They can & # 8217 ; t merely disregard it & # 8221 ; ( 82 ) , to which the cab responds by stating, & # 8220 ; Who & # 8217 ; s disregarding it? Nobody & # 8217 ; s disregarding it! & # 8221 ; ( 82 ) . For most adolescents, the passage into maturity, represented by the ice, is by and large smooth or even extremely desired which is why the cab driver states that the fish stay right in the ice. Nobody & # 8220 ; ignores & # 8221 ; ice because this passage is non seen as anything bad but instead good and everyone wants it. But for Holden, maturity is something he can & # 8217 ; t merely ignore because he doesn & # 8217 ; t want it. When he takes a expression at maturity, he sees nil but hypocrites. Holden can & # 8217 ; t accept the cab driver & # 8217 ; s theory because he rejects maturity.
Holden Caulfield lives a life of fright seeking to run off from something he can & # 8217 ; t run off from. Although Holden may sound like a nutter to some people, we can & # 8217 ; t fault him for disliking person that he feels are bogus because, after all, a portion of him is created by us.