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Catcher In The Wry Essay

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Thesis Statement: In The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger uses symbolism, narrative techniques, and attitude/tone to generate the main character's feelings toward life's inconsistencies.I. Introduction II. About Salinger A. Personal information B. Style III. Symbolism A. The ducks B. The Museum of Natural History C. Allie IV. Narrative techniques A. Structure 1. Exposition 2. Rising action 3. Climax 4. ...view middle of the document...

Critics feel that the works in the 1960 time period were very inappropriate, due to the problems he wrote of. It is said that he "... created the dialect of a generation." (Riley 998) The protagonists were generally social misfits. In most of his works, the main character seeks out happiness. However Salinger does not conform to material happiness; his characters undergo a spiritual happiness. They generally start out in horrid conditions, but by the end of his works, they have undergone beneficial changes. While Holden Caulfield is meandering around New York City, he asks many people what happens to the ducks when the pond freezes. The repetition of this question symbolizes what Holden is truly asking for. 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? Do you happen to know, by any chance?" (Salinger 60) "The repetition of this question (pertaining to the ducks in the pond) symbolizes what Holden is truly asking for himself. He isn't trying to find out what will happen to the ducks, he is really finding out about himself by using the ducks symbolically." (5329 1) He wants to know what will happen to him when the weather gets brutally cold. The answers he receives range from as outlandish answers like the ducks remain there under the ice, with the fish, to uncaring answers such as a simple "What a stupid question!" (Salinger 60) remark. Despite the answer he gets, Holden is never satisfied with the reply. Holden doesn't consciously realize that the ducks relate to him. Whether he will admit it or not, Holden is scared. He is pondering on whether or not to go home, which he is deftly afraid of doing, or to stay outside to freeze. (5329 1) He doesn't know where he is going to go, reflecting his question about the ducks. If he only knew where the ducks went, just maybe he could follow their example. (11383 1) While walking through New York City, Holden arrives at the Museum of Natural History. He notes that he likes the glass cases over all the exhibits. He wishes he could put parts of his life in glass cases so that they wouldn't be able to change. Since the glass cases inside the museum don't allow anyone to change anything, it is the one place for Holden to go when he wants everything to be as it was during his childhood. (5333 1) However, he chooses to remain outside, he is afraid that there is a chance that the museum might have changed. Holden knows that if the museum does not remain the same, it could hurt him, so he makes a conscious decision not to enter, even if his reasons are subconscious. (11002 1) Allie (Holden's young brother who died years earlier,) was a key symbol throughout the story. "When Holden remembers incidents from his past involving Allie, his attitude changes, such as when he writes the composition about Allie's baseball glove or when Holden broke...

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