Towards the end of the book, Holden takes his sister out to go on a semi, mini-date before he leaves. While she tries to convince him to take her with him, he wont budge, but takes her to a carousel instead. This represents ties to youth, as we must enjoy it while we can. Teens in the 1940s had wanted to grow up as quickly as possible. The carousel symbolizes a connection to youth and to Phoebe, Holden’s sister. A carousel is an object for fun, for memories, for youth. Just like Phoebe on the carousel, Holden’s feelings go round and round throughout the book, and perhaps he has matured just a bit.