This shows his internal conflict of wanting to be different, but not be judged. This is the rye field where they play and dance and do childlike activities. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. This post is part of the series: The Catcher in the Rye Study Guide. The pond represents Holden's current state.
Archived from on September 6, 2004. The taunting nature of the phrase represents his own inability to protect himself from the trials of adulthood. However, the ducks always survive and return. Holden wants to be the one to catch the children before they start falling, in other words, before they start growing up and lose their innocence as an adult. Perhaps this created a certain vicious circle where Holden became less and less interested in his work for others as they criticized him for precisely that reason. This fall represents adulthood, and Holden wants to keep the children innocent as long as he possibly can.
Holden, when watching Phoebe ride this seemingly never-ending carousel, says he feels a sense of happiness almost to the point of euphoria This sense of happiness that Holden feels is most likely from the never-ending circles that Phoebe is going around in this is because it seems like Phoebe will never age if she stays in the same place. Holden is upset when he wakes up in the night to find Mr. It would then seem that the pleasure Holden takes in from watching Phoebe ride is, like his moment at the museum and watching Phoebe sleep, self-deceptive. Sarah Graham assessed works influenced by The Catcher in the Rye to include the novels by , by , by , by , by , and the film by. Boy don't we know what that means.
As Holden walks down Fifth Avenue, he remembers shopping there with Phoebe. There are two places in the book that horses are mentioned. The Catcher in the Rye, Part 2: The symbol is ironic. The Catcher in the Rye is a book based on what a real teen could be feeling or going through. This museum is even further away from the cliff, or the descent into adolescence, because this place is frozen in time.
Holden is torn between the path towards adulthood and the path away from childhood. A few things have just happened: 1 Holden decided that, after all, he's not going to run away, 2 Phoebe put his hunting hat back on his head, and 3 just maybe, Holden has realized that growing up isn't the worst thing in the world. If Phoebe is going around in circles, that means she is not going anywhere, but stays in her circle forever. It is often said that Holden changes at the end, when he watches Phoebe on the carousel, and he talks about the golden ring and how it's good for kids to try and grab it. It is a symbol of his stagnation in childhood.
When Holden continues insulting him after the fight, Stradlater knocks him unconscious and leaves him with a bloody nose. At one point he ends up at a museum, where he contrasts his life with the statues of Eskimos on display. The novel was included on 's 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923, and it was named by and its readers as one of the. Instead he wants his life to be like a carousel always going around, doing the same thing, and not moving anywhere, not moving on. He tries to cheer her up by allowing her to skip school and taking her to the , but she remains angry with him. Later, Holden agrees to write an English composition for his roommate, Ward Stradlater, who is leaving for a date.
But while in the rain Holden seemed to enjoy what he was doing. The novel also deals with complex issues of , , , , and. Holden says that he wants to be the Catcher in the Rye, which is a person who saves the children who might wonder off the cliff. In the book The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield seems like a teenager who is always critical, lonely and depressed. This image relates to Holden's dream job. For as long as he can remember, the statues have been unchanging. Holden's comfort is upset when he wakes up in the night to find Mr.
However, Holden is more afraid of Phoebe falling of the rye cliff and growing up, losing all her innocence and purity and become a phony. The person writing will either make it clear to you or they might make you think. The foremost allegation made against Catcher is. Since there's an ever-looming possibility that I won't die rich, I toy very seriously with the idea of leaving the unsold rights to my wife and daughter as a kind of insurance policy. Even so, his sense of relief after his long depression feels palpable. The golden rings is very symbolic and it is a representation of Holden renewing his faith by seeing how Phoebe decides to grab the ring.
Aboard the train, Holden meets the mother of a wealthy, obnoxious Pencey student named Ernest Morrow, and lies to her about himself and her son. Magill's Survey of American Literature. A letter written by Salinger in 1957 revealed that he was open to an adaptation of The Catcher in the Rye released after his death. Holden's desperate desires to stay as a child also urges the readers to a conclusion that he does not like changes. The Catcher in the Rye is about a young man who has not yet learned to cope with life.
The museum represents the type of world Holden wishes to live in, one where things are frozen in time and consistent. Salinger and that was Catcher in the Rye. The fact that they come back brings Holden some consolation, insomuch that the change in the pond is temporary. The events that have transpired in his short life have turned him into almost an outcast in society. She just looks so nice, he says, in her blue coat, going around and around. After forfeiting a match in New York by forgetting the equipment in the subway, he is invited to the home of his history teacher, Mr. There are two instances when the symbolism plays out.