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Chapter 6 Analysis - The Catcher in the Rye

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Transcript of Chapter 6 Analysis - The Catcher in the Rye

Major: Holden Caulfield, Ward Stradlater

Minor: Jane Gallagher, Ed Bansky, Ackley
Major and Minor Characters
Summary of Setting
This chapter takes place in Holden and Stradlater's room. In previous chapters, Salinger describes the room, but in Chapter 6, he does not say many descriptive factors about the room itself. Although, the reader may interpret the time of year to be around fall or winter because when Stradlater came in the room he was complaining about the cold. When Stradlater leaves the room to go to the bathroom, he goes into the corridor. This paints a picture of their room to be like a dormitory.
5 Symbols
Chapter Summary
In Chapter 6 of the Catcher in the Rye, Stradlater, Holden's roommate, comes back from his date with Jane Gallagher. Stradlater doesn't mention anything about his date, but he asks him about Holden's composition he wrote for him. Stradlater reads the composition and yells at Holden because it was it wasn't what he wanted, Holden then rips and throws it out. Holden lights a cigarette and starts to ask questions about the date. Stradlater explains how they went sat in the basketball coaches car, which makes Holden angry. Holden then hits him in the face which causes a brawl with name calling, specifically Holden calling Stradlater a moron. After the physical fighting ends, Holden continues to call Stradlater a moron and which then causes Holden to get punched square in the nose. Worried, Stradlater gets an aid kit and tells Holden to wash his face. Holden wants nothing to do with him, so Stradlater leaves and Holden goes next door to talk with Ackley with a face full of blood.
By Camilla Ryther
Chapter 6 Analysis - The Catcher in the Rye

Symbol
Meaning
Holden's bloody face
Holden's life (academic life) is falling apart
Hound's Tooth jacket
Wealthy people got to Pencey as they have their own jackets
Ripped up composition
in the trash can
Holden's lost respect of Stradlater
Cigarette
Holden's not afraid of getting in trouble (rebel)
Ed Banksy's car
The 'Athletic crowd' has a strong bond
Themes
Madness
"He kept holding onto my wrists and I kept calling him a sonuvabitch and all, for around ten hours. I can hardly even remember what all I said to him" (Salinger, 44).
Passion
"You don't even know if her first name is Jane or
Jean,
ya goddam moron!"(Salinger, 44).



Rebellion
"...if you're gonna smoke in the room, how 'bout going down to the can and do?
You
may be getting the hell out of here, but I have to stick around long enough to graduate" (Salinger, 44).
Stream of Consciousness
"I probably was still looking out the window, but I swear I can't remember" (Salinger, 40).

"Besides, I did it to annoy Stradlater. It drove him crazy when you broke any rules" (Salinger, 41).






"It probably would've hurt him a lot, but I did it with my right hand, and I can't make a good fist with that hand. On account of that injury I told you about" (Salinger, 43).





Protagonist's Motivations
In this chapter, Holden pests Stradlater about his date. He also eventually punches Stradlater. This means that Holden strongly cares about Jane and wants to make sure that he did not do anything to hurt her.
The reader also finds that Holden smokes. He might do this because that is how he stays calm, or to ease his nerves. After Holden lights the cigarette he tells the reader that he did it to annoy Stradlater.
5 Things to Question/Consider
- Why does Holden care so much about what Stradlater did with Jane?

-Why does Stradlater get really upset after Holden wrote him a paper, not even saying thank you, even though it was on the wrong topic?

-When Stradlater offered Holden help after he punched him, why did Holden not take it?

-Why does Stradlater get so mad when Holden calls him a moron?

-Why did Holden put on his hat after the fight?
Gross things that happen to the body
Stradlater cuts his toenails, and in the previous chapter,
Ackley does the same thing.

Salinger explains the blood vividly to the reader.

Holden smokes a cigarette.
Holden ripped up and threw out the paper that he wrote because it was no use to Stradlater and he was mad that he did not find it to be helpful.
After the fight and Stradlater leaves room, Holden goes to Ackley's room. In previous chapters, it seems like he does not like Ackley very much, but in this case, Ackley may be the only person he has to confide in.
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