Throughout the whole book, Holden calls most of the characters a “phony.” In terms of Holden, phony means people who acts fake and are hypocrites. This supports the central claim because Holden confessing that he misses people shows that he has become more honest and learned the impossibility of becoming the catcher in the rye. Out of all the reasons given in the book, the realization during the carousel scene, the talk with his psychoanalyst, and the confession of desiring certain people’s presence stood out the most. It also shows how much Holden has change as a character. He was able to let go and accept the reality at the end of the book.
One example of how Kevin and Max had teamwork is when they are at the fireworks.Max and Kevin were at the fireworks for the 4th of july but they ran into Tony B a bully and Max does not know what to do but with Kevin there he told him to go into the lake to get away.”I am running right than left, running blind and letting Freak decide where we go,Because he must have a plan, a dude as smart as that” (Philbrick 36). At this point in the book Max,with Kevin on his shoulders, are running from Tony blade, Max does not know what to do he is just
What do the ducks and the frozen pond symbolize and why are they significant enough to take into account? Are they parallel to his depression and the severity of it? There are three occurrences where Holden brings up the idea of where the ducks go when the lake freezes over in the winter. The first time he brings it up, Holden is at Mr.Spencer’s house and they are talking about Holden leaving Pencey because of his poor grades: “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 away to a zoo or something.
Australian-Canadian horror film The Babadook shows the impacts and overall results that pent up grief can have on your life. Widowed mother Amelia is left with her son Sam after her husband, Oskar, died in a car accident. Sam begins to have fits and the intense need to protect those around him from imaginary monsters. After reading a mysterious book found on the shelf, it would seem that not all the monsters Sam is imagining aren’t so imaginary after all. Now constantly haunted by the Babadook, Amelia must face griefs she has buried in order to save her son.
When the school is captivated watching the football game at the field, Holden refuses to mix with the rest of the student body and instead chooses to watch it from “...way the hell up on top of Thomsen Hill.” When in New York, Holden visits a lagoon in Central Park, which is mostly frozen over. He also ponders whether the ducks will be at the lagoon during winter. Holden “walked around the whole damn lake” (Salinger, 200) and to his detriment, “…didn’t see a single duck.” (Salinger, 200). The lagoon itself is symbolic of Holden’s longing for an eternal childhood, the frozen state representing a lack of change. The ducks represent the rest of society which Holden fails to assimilate with.
He acclaimed, “…I kept wanting to throw mine out or something or even trade with him” (Salinger 141). Him wanting to throw out or trade his suitcases shows the guilt Holden has. He feels bad for his roommate but did not like how snotty he was. This is because Slagle used the word ‘bourgeois’. Nevertheless, Holden misses Slagle when they are not roommates.
One of the ways Holden does this is with the child-like repetition of the question ‘where do the ducks go during the winter?’ Despite never getting an answer to his query, Holden seems to obtain some form of comfort from the idea of the ducks disappearing in the colder months and returning once again in spring. It’s possible that this question represents his interest in the circle of life. This is due to how the schedule of the ducks adheres to the premise that being gone isn’t always necessarily permanent, which, after taking into account his brother Allie’s death, would explain Holden’s
For example, Edward sees Spectre as a place reminiscent of heaven, while Will sees it as rundown and abandoned. When Will claims his father is lying about his experiences to hide his personality, Edward replies, “I’ve been nothing but myself since I was born.” He also talks about catching a catfish with his wedding ring on the day his son was born, but Will learns that his father missed his delivery due to a business trip. Spectre symbolizes the world, which Edward sees optimistically and Will realistically. The inconsistent stories of Will’s birthday and the genuine personal belief in Edward’s words show the difference between what they consider true. Edward and Will’s visions of Spectre, arguments, and stories about Will’s birth portray the conflict between their perspectives on
Throughout the book It can be seen in examples like: “Yes, sir. I know it is. I know it.” and “I said” to all dialogue. This shows us that the character Holden wrote his story about himself, giving us his personal reflection of a certain period in time. The running commentary of his every spoken word and rhetorical thoughts are voiced throughout the novel.
Allie and kids symbolize the “catching”.The cliff symbolizes adulthood .Holden believes that adults are all phonies (which is hypocritical of him because even Though Holden constantly talks about other people being phony he is himself often phony. At various times in the novel, he tells pointless lies, claims to like or agree with things he hates, goes out with girls he doesn 't like, all to try to feel less lonely and left out).In chapter 17 Holden says “Then, just to show you how crazy I am, when we were coming out of this big clinch, I told her I loved her and all. It was a lie, of course, but the thing is, I meant it when I said it. I 'm crazy. I swear to God I am”.