What does the weather represent to Holden or what does it represent generally?

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One of the most striking examples of the symbolic nature of the weather in The Catcher in the Rye is Holden's persistent curiosity about where the ducks in Central Park spend the winter when the lagoon freezes over. He asks two cab drivers about them, wondering if they "fly away by themselves" or if "somebody come[s] around in a truck or something." The ducks are representative of Holden's own struggles with impending adulthood. He knows that his dreaded maturation, like the approaching winter, is inevitable, yet he's unsure of how to escape it; he has rejected education as a means of moving forward and seems to be waiting for some kind of rescue. When one cab driver, Horwitz, remarks that winter is "tougher for the fish" because they get "frozen right in one position," Holden challenges him, perhaps out of the realization that his own inability to progress beyond childhood will leave him similarly "frozen solid."

In another weather-related scene in chapter 20, Holden remarks that "when...

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