How And When Does Holden Grow In Catcher In The Rye

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When the weather turns cold, we all know, birds fly south for the winter. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden brings up the question about where the ducks go when the lagoon in Central Park freezes many times during the course of the first 14 chapters. I think there is a significance in that. Why and when does Holden bring up the ducks? 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. Or if they just flew away” (Salinger 16). Holden does not ask this question out loud, but rather to himself. During this time, he is going through the problem of being expelled from yet another school. The icy, frozen over pond is how he sees his life at the moment, cold and hard. This may be the start of his depression. He’s at a road block, his life has fallen apart and he does not know what to
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I figured out that feelings of isolation and loneliness seem to intensify his depression, but I want to know where it all started, why does he feel so alone? He didn’t have to run away and be isolated from his family and friends. Why not just return home? If he returned home he would have seen his sister, who he cares deeply for, or have been able to speak to Jane. Maybe he has problems at home. Was he abused, and that's why he is so depressed because he has nowhere to return
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