How Does Holden Mature In Catcher In The Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger brings us to Holden Caulfield, a young boy going through the transition of childhood to adulthood. Throughout the novel we get to see the journey that Holden is taking and the little symbols that are tied in the novel representing him. Holden has a very interesting perspective about how he preserves the world. He hates change and has this idea that changing into an adult ultimately leads you to becoming a phony and Holden despises phonies. In the novel there are many symbols that expose Holden in ways that he doesn’t want himself to be revealed. One being the ducks at Central Park. The ducks exhibit the fear in Holden, his transition from childhood to adulthood, and how the ducks are just like …show more content…

In the novel Holden gets into a cab and this is where we first see Holden asking about the ducks. Holden asks the cab driver, “By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over?”(60). The cab driver doesn’t give an answer to Holden he just brushes it off, leaving Holden still curious. It’s interesting to see that a teenager asks a question like this most people younger than Holden know that the birds fly south in the winter. It shows how Holden holds the innocence of a child. Just like a child he is curious and wants to know what happens to them. To Holden the ducks disappear some place and somehow come back. In a way Holden can relate to the ducks. He feels like he will disappear and this scares him. For example later on in the novel Holden says, “Allie, don’t let me disappear. Allie don’t let me disappear. … Please Allie.”(198) This shows that Holden fears disappearing. He wants to know what happens to these ducks, do they really disappear and just come back? Its kind of like Holden sees himself in the ducks. The ducks “disappear” or “run away” from the cold ice because they can’t handle it. While Holden is “disappearing” or “running away” from the people around him. Maybe knowing if the ducks don’t disappear it will keep Holden from not

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