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The novel is called The Catcher in the Rye because Holden hears in chapter 16, a poem written by Robert Burns called Comin through the Rye and he dreams of being a sort of guardian of the children who play in a rye field, and stop them when

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1) 1. The novel is called "The Catcher in the Rye" because Holden hears in chapter 16, a poem written by Robert Burns called "Comin' through the Rye" and he dreams of being a sort of guardian of the children who play in a rye field, and stop them when they get close enough to the edge of the cliff, so they wouldn't fall. This rye field would represent children's innocence and the cliff would be the loss of it, and the entrance to an adult world. In this case, Holden would be the guardian of children's innocence, as he knows how hard it is to enter the adult world. Holden behaves as the Catcher in the rye for instance, when he takes her sister, Phoebe, to the carrousel; and another example could be when he dances with her at their home. This examples show that he doesn't want her sister to lose her innocence with the troubles of growing up. This is because he has suffered too much while he was growing up. ...read more.


The ducks pond is considered as an important symbol in the novel. This is because the ducks show that things that happen in life are temporary. Holden is afraid of changing because of all the bad things that had happened to him, such as Allie's death. The ducks emigrate every winter, but then return in spring, this shows the change that I was talking about, a temporary change, that would return to its original shape at some time. The pond where the ducks live is partly frozen, and this shows the change between a young Holden and a grown up Holden. 10. Carrousels have a golden ring hanging on the edge of it, they are full of children happy, just living their childhood, it feels like they would never grow up; if children grab it they win a free ride. The golden ring is very important in the novel, because it shows Holden the little Phoebe's faith to grab it. He sees that she is risking herself in order to achieve what she wants, even though she could fall off the carrousel and might get hurt. ...read more.


In my experience I can say that this activity has a lot of different benefits. Many people may think that it only strengthens your muscles, but it is much more than that. You learn how to express yourself, you experience the sensation of flying and as many people attend to the class, you also gain a new group of friends. Like any activity (we can also define it as a sport) at the beginning it is really hard, you need to be patient and feel confident. I greatly appreciate these two characteristics as I can relate them with life. I believe that it is important to be patient when you face a situation in your life and also in relation with people. In conclusion, this activity makes me feel happy but I can also say that produces me a mixture of different feelings. Many people may think that it is just a simple activity with a fabric but it helps me to express my feelings. 3) "The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one" ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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