Write an essay Describing the main character, Holden, in "The Cather in the Rye" about his two encounters with the ducks.

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The narrator and protagonist in "The Catcher in the Rye", written by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield repeatedly asking the question, "Where do ducks go in the winter?" In the first cab ride to Edmont hotel, Holden curiously asked the first cab driver his opinion where the ducks usually go during the winter season.

Although the driver ignored the question, Holden hassles him for an answer. The question may seem silly and naive, but Holden is related to the ducks in many ways. Holden is like the ducks because the ducks and their whereabouts are unknown. At a time in his life where he is moving onward into an unfamiliar existence, Holden connects with the ducks because he has finished an important period in his life and is moving into another phase. However, like the ducks, Holden does not know where his life is going to be. He feels that the pond, which the ducks is in, represents his life up to the point he left from school just like when the ducks fly away for the winter.

On the other hand, the conversation he had with the second cab driver is more sensible than the first one because the driver seems to be a much older person than the other characters Holden describes in the book. During the conversation with the driver, ducks and fish were being mentioned. Holden insists, however, that although there is fish in the pond, it doesn't mean anything to him, but he emphasizes that he wants to know about the ducks. The fish in the book represents children, still under the protective barrier of the frozen shell of the pond. They are limited to move about freely because they are in a pond. The ducks represent adults who on the other end...