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The Catcher in the Rye: Chapters 7, 8, and 9 Analysis

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Transcript of The Catcher in the Rye: Chapters 7, 8, and 9 Analysis

The Catcher in the Rye: Chapters 7, 8, and 9 Analysis
Kelly Nguyen
Vivian Truong
Lynsee Dimiceli
Richmond Ludwick

Period 3

At Penn Station, Holden wants to call someone but cannot think of anyone to call—his brother, D. B., is in Hollywood; his sister, Phoebe, is young and probably asleep; he doesn’t feel like calling Jane Gallagher; and another girl, Sally Hayes, has a mother who hates him. So, Holden takes a cab to the Edmont Hotel. He tries to make conversation with the driver, asking him where the ducks in the Central Park lagoon go in the winter, but the driver is uninterested. In his room at the Edmont, he looks out across the hotel courtyard into the lighted windows on the other side and discovers a variety of bizarre acts taking place. One man dresses in women’s clothing, and in another room a man and a woman take turns spitting mouthfuls of their drinks into each other’s face. Holden begins to feel aroused, so he calls Faith Cavendish, a promiscuous girl recommended to him by a boy he met at a party, and tries to make a date with her. She refuses, claiming she needs her beauty sleep. She offers to meet him the next day, but he doesn’t want to wait that long, and he hangs up without arranging to meet her.
Chapter 9: Summary
Holden walks the entire way to the train station and catches a late train to New York. At Trenton, an attractive older woman gets on and sits next to him. She turns out to be the mother of his classmate, Ernest Morrow. He dislikes Ernest immensely but tells extravagant lies about him to his mother, claiming that he is the most popular boy on campus and would have been elected class president if he’d let the other boys nominate him. Holden tells her his own name is Rudolph Schmidt, which is actually the school janitor’s name. When she asks why he is leaving Pencey early, Holden claims to be returning to New York for a brain tumor operation.
Chapter 8: Summary
Chapter 7: Summary
Cigarette
Holden tends to smoke when bored Ice Skates
Ice Skates
A gift from Holden's mother
Made Holden emotional when he packed them up- Sign that his mom loves him
Red Hunting Hat
Purchased in New York, it symbolizes Holden's New journey
Window
Represents freedom
Symbols
Hunting Hat
Source of comfort for Holden
Symbolizes a life which Holden hasn't had ( it's beaten up and worn - stories attached)
Smile
The smile Ernest Morrow's mom gives Holden symbolizes Holden's possibilities for hope in the future
Cigarette
Comfort for Holden
Symbols
Red Hunting Cap
Window
Dorm & Hotel
Freedom
Women
Object to Holden
Cocktails
Chance for Holden to socialize with others
Symbols
Holden - Spoiled (Entitled) -Depressed - Ostracized
- Lonely - Pessimistic

Ackley - Religious (Catholic)
- Unsanitary
- Annoying (To Holden)

Stradlater - Horny Teen
- Vain


Characters
Holden - Liar - Horny teen
- Judgemental -Relishes when people listen
-Couger Bait - Doesn't care about rules
Mrs. Morrow - Mother
- Friendly
- Interested in her Son
- Charming (According to Holden)


Characters
Holden
- Middle of 3 siblings - Loner
- Not a Virgin - Never in the right "mood"

Sally Hayes
- Holden has a picture of her
- Old friends with Holden
- Holden debates whether to call her or not while in the Phone booth

Faith Cavendish
- Prostitute
- Holden got her number from Princeton friend

Characters
Dialogue
- "Do you happen to have any cigaretts, by any chance? Say 'no' and I'll kill myself"- Holden 48
- "I almist wished I was dead" -Holden 48
-"Most guys at Pencey just talked about having sexual intercourse with girls all the time...but old Stradlater really did" - Holden 48
- The Kind of lock I have, I'd probably join one [A monestary] with all the wrong kind of monks in it" - Holden 50
- "She bought methe wrong kind of skates....but it made me sad anyway" - Holden 52
Dialogue
"Women Kill me. They really do. I don't mean I'm over sexed or anything like that- although I really am quite sexy. I just like them, I mean" - Holden 54

"Sensitive. That Killed me." - Holden 55

"She [Mrs. Morrow] had a lot of charm. She had quite a lot of sex appeal too, if you really want to know" - Holden 56

"Then I started reading this timetable I had in my pocket just to stop lying" -Holden 88
Dialogue
"I'm not kidding, the hotel was busy with perverts" - Holden 62
"I think if you don't really like a girl, you shouldn't horse around with her at all, and if you do like her, then you're supposed to like her face, and if you like her face, you ought to be careful about doing crumby stuff to it" - Holden 62
Holden talks for a while with Ackley and then tries to fall asleep in the bed belonging to Ackley’s roommate, who is away for the weekend. But he cannot stop imagining Jane fooling around with Stradlater, and he has trouble falling asleep. He wakes Ackley and talks with him some more, asking whether he could run off and join a monastery without being Catholic. Ackley is annoyed by the conversation, and Holden is annoyed by Ackley’s “phoniness,” so he leaves. Outside, in the dorm’s hallway, he decides that he will leave for New York that night instead of waiting until Wednesday. After passing a few days there in secret, he will wait until his parents have digested the news of his expulsion before he returns to their apartment. He packs his bags, dons his hunting hat, and begins to cry. As he heads into the hallway, he yells “Sleep tight, ya morons!” to the boys on his floor before stepping outside to leave Pencey forever.
Theme
Mood
Loneliness
Holden has no friends.
Holden talks to people he dislikes because they talk to him.
Holden distances himself somewhat from others
Depressed
After Stradlater beat him up, Holden wished he was dead
Jealous
Holden couldn't stop thinking about Jane and Stradlater together
Stradlater has a technique to get women and he doesn't
Tone
Accusing
Holden accuses Stradlater treating Jane Gallagher badly
Comical
Holden asks Ackley to play a game while he's bleeding
Envious
Holden is jealous of Stradlater's date with Jane
Theme
Lying
Holden Lies to the mother of a classmate for no real reason
Holden can't stop lying- It's impulsive and comes naturally to him
Mood
Lust
According to Holden, the woman on the train:
Had a lot of sex appeal
Looked nice smoking
Had a nice telephone voice
He invites her to have a cocktail with him
Tone
Mocking
Holden mocks Ernest Morrow by describing him falsely
When Mrs. Morrow told him Ernest was sensitive, he secretly laughed
Theme
Loneliness/Isolation
When Holden got off the train, he had no one to call
He gave excuses for not calling anyone
Mood
Judgemental
Holden views "perverts" in their hotel rooms doing various things
He watches them and judges their actions
Tone
Childish
Calls a girl with a fake voice
Desperate
Really wants to hook up
Offers to go to her place after getting rejected
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