Stradlater mentions that he has a date waiting for him but wants to shave. I personally thought the red hunting hat, The Museum of Natural History, and The Ducks in the Central Park Lagoon were the most significant and came up regularly in the novel. The Catcher in the Rye Holden first wears the hat after getting back in his dorm room to sit back and read Out of Africa. Subjectivity of interpretations The article below may contain speculations based on studies on the literature of J. Some stupid guy had thrown peanut shells all over the stairs, and I damn near broke my crazy neck. Analysis: Chapters 3—4 These chapters establish the way Holden interacts with his peers. Summary: Chapter 4 Holden goes to the bathroom with Stradlater and talks to him while he shaves.
Stradlater and Ackley sound like appallingly unsympathetic characters, but this is completely the result of the tone in which Holden describes them. I think the point the author is trying to make is that Holden is terrified about the unpredictable challenges of the world. The museum represents the world Holden wishes he could live in, a world where everything is simple, understandable, and indefinite. Holden is displeased that Stradlater, one of the few sexually experienced boys at Pencey, is taking Jane on a date. I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something. Perhaps Holden interacts with it with the innocence and the purity he believes with these characters represents and wears it as a way to connect to them.
Then I got the hell out. All three of these symbols have great significance in this book. Or if they just flew away. He prevents Holden from reading by puttering around the room and pestering him with annoying questions. I live in New York, and I was thinking about the lagoon in Central Park, down near Central Park South. The pond is in transition between two states, just as Holden is in transition between childhood and adulthood.
The Ducks vanish every winter, but they return every spring. Preening Ackley and self-absorbed Stradlater act as his immediate contrasts. Please take with a grain of salt. He tells Stradlater that when she played checkers, she used to keep all of her kings in the back row because she liked the way they looked there. Analysis Much interpretations have been given to the fact that the Holden's hat is for hunting, connoting an underlying theme of preys, death and violence. In conclusion, there are countless symbols in The Catcher in the Rye.
. Points presented here are merely from literary analysis by other readers to serve as guide. Unfortunately, Holden is surrounded by phonies in his circa- prep school. Holden asks about the date and learns that Stradlater is taking out a girl Holden knows, Jane Gallagher. After Stradlater leaves, Holden is tormented by thoughts of Jane and Stradlater.
Salinger and may be subject to different interpretations, and thus are not absolute and necessarily the correct explanations. I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over. He is interrupted by Ackley, a pimply student who lives next door. There are three symbols unparticular that are used most regularly in the novel. Ackley does not seem to have many friends. I sort of closed one eye, like I was taking aim at it.
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