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Catcher in the Rye Chapter 26

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Haley Chapman

on 8 April 2015

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Transcript of Catcher in the Rye Chapter 26

The Catcher in the Rye
Major Characters:
Holden Caulfield
Minor Characters:
D.B Caulfield
English Babe
Mentioned Characters:
Old Stradlater
Plot Summary
In this chapter, the final chapter, Holden does not go into further detail about the ending of his four days. He does not seem all that interested in explaining what happened when he got home, how he got sick and where he is planning on going to school next year. In addition, Holden goes over his conversation with the psychoanalyst and his questions, specifically about if he is going to apply himself next year. Moreover, Holden says you never really know what you are going to do until you do it. As well as this, in the facility, Holden explains that D.B is not as bad as everyone else and he comes to visit him often with his girlfriend and always asks questions. Lastly, Holden finishes off this chapter and this story by explaining what he thought of everything. He is not too sure but he does know that he misses everyone even those he did not expect like Maurice, Ackley and Old Stradlater. The story ends with Holden giving the advice to never tell anybody anything because you begin missing everybody.
Specific Location: The facility that Holden has been sent to.
- Mental Institute/ Hospital

General Location: New York

5 Symbols
1. Institution/Hospital

This symbolizes Holden's unstable mental state and that idea that he had a mental breakdown.
2. Psychoanalyst
This symbolizes that Holden had a breakdown and was sent to talk to someone to help work out his problems.
3. School next September
This symbolizes a new beginning for Holden or possibly a time for improvement, change or personal growth.
4. D.B Caulfield
Holden is realizing that not everyone is phony which symbolizes that Holden is growing or maturing. He is no longer fearful of all adults and what comes with adulthood.
5. Lack of Interest
At the beginning of the chapter Holden does not explain the events that occur after he leaves the carousal and goes home. Therefore, he does not see that aspect as important or he wishes that it did not happen.
1. Loneliness
"About all I know is, I sort of miss everybody I told you about. Even Old Stradlater and Ackley, for instance. I think I even miss that goddam Maurice" (Salinger 214).

2. Madness
"A lot of people, especially this one psychoanalyst guy they have here..." (Salinger 213).

3. Inability to Change
"I mean how do you know what you're going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don't. I think I am, but how do I know?" (Salinger 213)

Stream of Consciousness
1. Conversational
"That's all I'm going to tell about. I could probably tell you what I did..." (Salinger 213).
2. Unreliable Narration
"... but I don't feel like it. I really don't. That stuff doesn't interest me too much right now" (213).
3. Colloquialism
"I didn't know what the hell to say" (213).
Protagonists Motivations

Holden does not, for once, want to go into the details of what occurs after he left the carrousel with Phoebe.

He won’t commit to the idea of applying himself next year as he says you never know what you’re going to do until you do it.

Lastly, he expresses how he is feeling which is sorry and lonely as he misses everybody and kind of wishes that things did not have to change.

Thoughts About the Novel
This novel, in my opinion, was a rather detailed but
intriguing novel based on the plot line. Although, I found that the ending of the novel to be abrupt and short. The last chapter, that wraps the novel up, was the shortest. This chapter did not go into detail about the events that follow Holden's four day adventure.
In addition, this novel did not, unlike most, have a very exciting moment or major event that defines the story. Although this is understandable because the story is only four days of Holden life.
Post Reading

•What specifically was Holden’s “sickness”? Or what were the circumstances that caused Holden to be sent to the psychoanalyst?

•Does Holden actually like all those he claims are phoney or pushes away?

•Why did Salinger not go into detail about the occurrences between the time of the carrousel to when Holden enters the institute?

• Why was it worth only mentioning the visits from D.B not his parents?

•Does the final sentence reflect the type of person Holden Caulfield really is?
“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

This can be kind of disappointing as the reader does not get a very interesting or exciting end that most anticipate.
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