13 SYMBOLS 1. the ducks 2. the carousel 3. the gold ring 4. the museum of natural science5. the fish in the pond6. the catcher in the rye7. the mummies8. Phoebe’s notebooks9. the red hunting hat
14 DUCKS IN THE POND Childhood Innocence Holden sees it, because it is “partly frozen and partly not frozen.” The pond is in transition between two states, just as Holden is in transition between childhood and adulthood
15 THE CAROUSEL Life at its best possibilities Innocence, childhood Happiness
16 THE GOLD RING Independence Growing up Taking risks Holden's thought that "the thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, but it's bad if you say anything to them."
17 THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Everything stays the sameUnchangingSimplePredictable Jurassaic
18 FISH IN THE PONDIsolationTrappedLonelinessHolden’s life
19 CATCHER IN THE RYE Holden’s dream Holden’s job/purpose Protector of innocenceIn Chapter 22, when Phoebe asks Holden what he wants to do with his life, he replies with his image, from the song, of a “catcher in the rye.” Holden imagines a field of rye perched high on a cliff, full of children romping and playing. He says he would like to protect the children from falling off the edge of the cliff by “catching” them if they were on the verge of tumbling over.
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