The Catcher in the Rye

Chapter 6

Why does Holden call Stradler a moron?

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Holden thinks that Stradlater is ignorant. He can't even write his own paper and doesn't understand the paper that Holden wrote for him. Stradlater returns late that night, thanks Holden for the jacket and asks if he wrote the composition for him. When Stradlater reads it, he gets upset at Holden, because it is simply about a baseball glove. Irritated that Stradlater is upset, Holden tears up the composition. Immediately Holden starts smoking, just to further annoy Stradlater. Holden thinks