This anxiety stands as an indication that he is worried about where children are going to go as they are entering adulthood. Holden wants to know “where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over. [He] wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something” (13). The ducks, harmless, carefree, and fragile, represent children. Both children and the ducks are very unprepared for what lies ahead of them.
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger - Book Cover Ducks: Holden asks what happens to the ducks who are normally on a pond in Central Park, when winter comes and the water freezes. Holden asks, "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?” (pg 60) This could reflect Holden’s fear about where he, himself, is going in life, and whether he should leave or adapt to his surroundings.
With this wording, Holden goes through the trouble to make sure the reader knows that he is nowhere near Mr. Spencer’s adulthood, even though Holden is on the cusp of adulthood. In Holden’s mind, he still classifies himself as a youth. In addition,through the motif of the ducks at the lake, Holden shows that he has more of a connection and understanding to youth than adults. Holden disregards what Mr. Spencer says and instead wonders about ducks at a lagoon: “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.
Which is inferred more as the novel continues. Holden’s peregrination to a mental breakdown conveys how the moral ideals that are taught to kids become lost to the hypocrisy of adulthood by the deterioration of innocence and the artificial facade of society. To not seem “phony”, a recurring word in the novel, J.D. Salinger utilizes repetitive dialogue for the main character Holden Caulfield, to show how desperately Holden doesn’t want to seem insincere and fake. He believes that of all of his prep schools he has been too were all “full of phonies” (Catcher in the rye, page 2).
Holden believes he cannot live up to what his parents expect of him, but he cannot be so sure. He never talked to them to actually Nguyen 5 know what they want. Holden would rather run away from home, without proper preparations, then to just tell his parents what is really going on and how he really feels. His secretive feelings cause him to be alienated from his mom and dad. To add on, Holden is not one to follow society’s rules.
On the other hand, in "Once More to the Lake" the author 's internal struggle has given a wrong concept of time to him. In the beginning, the author experienced the lake as he did when he came as a kid. Throughout his new experience, he saw minor changes to the lake and surrounding. Near the end of the story his son decides to jump in the lake during a rainstorm, E.B. White has no intention of doing so.
Daisy’s dream is to be with Gatsby like his dream is to be with her. Daisy does not achieve her dream because, when they met, he was in the army and before that, “a clam−digger and a salmon−fisher or in any other capacity that brought him food and bed” (Fitzgerald 52). She does not want to be with Gatsby right away because he is going off to war, and there is a chance that he would not return. Daisy also does not choose to be with him because she does not think he will ever be able to provide for her. Coming from a rich family, Daisy is used to that kind of lifestyle and does not want to stray from it.
He is interested in the ducks in the Central Park Lagoon, which J.D. Salinger uses as a symbol because Holden sees them leaving in Fall when it is getting colder and then they come back in Spring, which makes him think of the idea of “Rebirth”. He talks about them with the taxi driver. (“where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over? Do you happen to know by any chance?)
He wants to be there to help guide and give a little shove down the right path when there is a wandering soul looking to explore the humongous world open armed and open minded. No one should have to grow up with the whole world on their back feeling like a failure or that they’re not as good as one another. Holden feels as if he has not amounted to any sort of accomplishment and is working towards no goal of any type. He believes within himself that he is a failure and there is nothing for him to do in this world. He is being put face to face with the problems of adulthood and doesn’t know how to challenge them.
Furthermore, Holden also refers to his fears of disappearing as to not mention death, a term with which he has not fully come to terms with, “every time I came to the end of a block and stepped off the goddam curb, I had this feeling that I 'd never get to the other side of the street. I thought I 'd just go down, down, down, and nobody 'd ever see me again”. (Salinger 2010: 106) This is also what causes him to wonder if the ducks of the lake have vanished. In contrast to that come the mummies in the museum, whose death seems alright in Holden’s perspective since they did not disappear after it. One of the reasons that Holden feels so uneasy with the idea of death, is that he sometimes sees the matter bluntly without romanticising it, unable to feel comforted by a ceremony and flowers, knowing that no one is really there to appreciate them other than the living relatives, since the body eventually decomposes and disappears.