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The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 20

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Spencer Burford

on 31 March 2015

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Transcript of The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 20

The Catcher in the Rye : Chapter 20
Characters in the chapter:

Major: -Holden


Minor: -Valencia (singer)
-Piano player
- Sally
Symbols
Hunting Hat
- Symbolizes Holden's individuality and uniqueness
The Ducks
- His curiosity symbolizes that Holden wants to remain young and innocent
The Pond
- It is party frozen, and partly not frozen, symbolizing how Holden is caught in between childhood and adulthood

Holden's Motivations
Holden's loneliness and general lack of interest, is what makes him get extremely drunk. His lack of direction in life leads him to walk the streets for hours.
Chapter Summary
In this chapter, we find Holden getting drunk in the Wicker bar, in a "swanky" hotel called the Seton. He leaves the bar, and drunk dials Sally. After being hung up on, Holden begins walking through Central Park until he arrives at the lagoon that he likes to go to. Here he sits on a bench and thinks about where the ducks are, about his brother Allie, and his own death. Holden's hair is soaking wet so he thinks of how he might get pneumonia and die.







Summary of setting
This chapter takes place in the Wicker Bar, on Madison Avenue, and in Central Park, all in the middle of winter.
Themes
Loneliness
: "I guess it was because I was feeling so damn depressed and lonesome"-pg.169
Lying
: "I showed her my goddam gray hair and told her I was 42"- pg 169
Stream of Consciousness
Malapropism
- "I started that stupid business with the
bullet in my guts
again"-pg.166
Slang
- "Trimma
goddam
tree for ya"-pg.167
Digressions
- "My grandfather from Detroit, that keeps calling out the numbers of the streets when you ride on the goddam bus with him..."-pg.171
Post Reading

Is Holden the phony?

How will his parents react when they see him?

Where will Holden end up by the end of the novel?
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