This picture of a carrousel could represent one of the images of
paralysis in Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye. In this manner,
the carrousel could imply movement and change, but always it is at the
same place, as well as Holden’s life when he intends to travel and
change his life, but, at the end, he remains in the city and does
anything to change it.
“Anyway, we kept getting closer and closer to the carrousel and you
could start to hear that nutty music it always plays. It was playing
‘Oh, Marie!’ It played that same song about fifty years ago when I was
a little kid. That’s one nice thing about carrousels, they always play
the same songs” The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
Karina Lamas Evangelista:
This song by Nick Cave made me remember how important is for Holden, who is very young, to take decisions that are going to change his life. Holden’s decisions are quite important for this novel to be a Bildungsroman in which a development or growing of the individual is implied.
Wherever he goes, Holden is always looking through a window. Sometimes it is because he cannot deal with what is happening inside the room where he is; and sometimes because he just want to witness what is happening in the outside world. This is significant because it represents, in a way, the internal conflicts of the main character.
This plant reminded me of one of the final images in Raymond Chandler’s short story “Red Wid.” The image of the damage caused by the red wind, and that stands for the irreparable destruction that this world of corruption and chaos has caused is one of the most striking ones in the story, eventhough it precedes the calmness, freshness, and vastness of the ocean. The narrator explains: Everywhere along the way gardens were full of withered and blackened leaves and flowers which the hot wind had burned” (1573).
This choice may seem a little too simple since I chose a song called “Catcher in the Rye” but it is a perfect example of the tradition left by Holden as we can see from the chorus which goes “I don’t want to be no hero/ I wouldn’t care to wear a halo.”
This photo was taken at a botanic garden. In the middle of it, there was this large lake and there was a sign that explained that they had not covered the lake because at a time of the year, many different species of ducks migrated there. The ducks that appear swimming in “The Catcher in the Rye” reminded me of this photo. As you can see, I was not lucky enough so as to visit this place when ducks are in it. Nonetheless, there was this beautiful (and tremendously big) heron which stays at the season where ducks are not around, once they come back, the heron goes away. There is an equilibrium which we all living beings have and maintain; much as the carrousel that does not lean nor falls because of its uniform coming and going, I feel we are all part of a similar movement.