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The Impossible Job Catcher in the Rye Recent studies show that depression is common among teenagers Although the research may be new it is not a new disease that has occupied teenagers In the novel Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger the main character Holden Caufield is a depressed young man searching for good in the world scenes in this story push Holden over the edge until he has an epiphany that eventually causes him to have a breakdown Holdens constant inquiry about the location of the ducks in Central Park and his conversation with Sunny instead of sexual intercourse signify a lost boy in desperate need of help Holden interrogates two taxi cab drivers about the location of the ducks during winter in Central Park As Holden questions the second driver Horwitz the taxi cab driver responds by relating the ducks to the fish in the lake The taxi cab driver irritably responds to Holdens barrage of questions by replying If you was a fish Mother Natured take care of you wouldnt she 109 The answer is satisfactory to Holden because he knows that wherever the ducks may be they are taken care of Holdens motive for wanting to know where the ducks fly in winter is that he cares for them because they relate to him Similarly Holden is subconsciously searching for help he believes that by helping others such as the ducks he will find good in the world that will warm his heart and cure him of his depression However he finds the ducks do not cure his depression and again he discovers himself feeling lonely Soon after the duck incident Holden has his first encounter with Sunny He starts talking to her and states his phony age Sunny responds Like fun you are 123 Then Holden recognizes she is just a kid prostitution is no way for a child to live As Holden tries to reach out to
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