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Glass Ducks

            Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, the reader is presented with various symbols. These symbols, such as his younger brother Allie, the ducks in Central Park, and the Museum of National History, are clearly made evident by Holden's constant repetition of their importance, and what they mean to him. The symbols are so important and obvious that their symbolism is directly related to the major themes of the novel. In The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger, Holden, the narrator, uses symbols and archetypes to relate back to the major themes of the novel: protection, preservation, and innocence.
             Allie, Holden's young brother who died several years earlier, is 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 his hand after punching all of the windows in the car garage after Allie died. He feels that Allie was one of the few people who was not phony in a world full of phonies. More importantly, Allie represents the innocence and childhood that Holden strives to find throughout his multi-day journey. In Holden's opinion, Allie represents the purity that Holden looks for in the world. Holden implies that he admires Allie more than he admires Jesus, and even prays to Allie at one point, rather than to Jesus. Allie is Holden's role model, whom he judges the rest of the world according to. When Allie dies, it creates turbulence in Holden's life.
             At various points during the course of the novel, Holden inquires as to what happens to the ducks that are normally on a pond in Central Park, when winter comes and the water freezes. As he inquires "asking the taxi driver "he receives uncaring answers such as a simple "What a stupid question!" remark. Despite the answers he gets, Holden is never satisfied with the reply. Holden doesn't consciously realize that the ducks relate to him.

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