Catcher In The Rye

Show two ways in which the incident with Maurice and the prostitute demonstrate
the theme of man’s inhumanity to man (an aspect of the world of experience).

One incident (which involves the prostitute) is when Holden didn’t want to
have sex with her but instead wanted to chat, she responded by saying, "What
the heck ya wanna talk about?" This just shows that talking isn’t what she
is used to doing, even if she is getting paid for it. She is probably used to
the lascivious male who is only looking to satisfy his needs. Another incident
is when Maurice and Sunny enter Holden’s room asking for more money. You can
tell that they aren’t used to manners and doing things in a civilized way. She
comes in and sits on the window sill, Maurice sits down in the big chair.

"They acted like they owned the damn place". CHAPTER 15 1. What is the
significance of presenting the episode of nuns at this point in the novel? I
think the purpose was to show a more positive, religious and faithful Holden

Caulfield. The fact that he gives them money and wishes that he could’ve given
them more just shows that he is a nice person, who does have morals (even though
he did ask for a prostitute). It’s sort of like a break of light in the novel,
he still acts "fake" to them, but he realizes that he shouldn’t have and
he ends up regretting this. CHAPTER 16 1. Why does Holden like the Museum of

Natural History? Give at least three reasons. Holden likes the Museum of Natural

History because: 1) It brings back memories of when Phoebe and him were in the
same school and they used to go together. - He adores his sister Phoebe. 2) A
lot of his childhood was spent in this museum, he loves the memories of watching
the movie in the big auditorium and the way it used to smell, small stuff that
is really significant to him. 3) He also loved the fact that nothing moved and
that it always stayed the same. I think that this is important to him because he
wished the same could be done for him. He wishes that he can be a kid forever
and that he could always stay the same. I don’t think that he is ready to face
the world. CHAPTER 17 1. Why does Holden get angry with Sally Hayes? Holden gets
angry with Sally Hayes because she does not want to go away to Massachusetts and

Vermont with him. She thinks that they are just children. Holden hates that

Sally won’t just take risks and live life on the edge. Sally is realistic and
thinks about what will happen in the future and the hardships that they will
have to go through. CHAPTER 18 & 19 1. Luce is a typical member of the
society failing Holden. In what ways does Luce fail Holden? Luce is focused,
intelligent and sophisticated. He doesn’t like joking around, he knows that he
has to grow up and he has done just that. I think that Holden hates this because
he wants to stay a kid and to see people like Luce doing things for themselves,
being serious and doing things with themselves makes him upset. Holden knows
that he should look up to Luce and do something with his life but somehow he
still wants to be a kid inside, he is probably afraid of facing the future and
what he knows is the real world. CHAPTER 20 1. Explain the significance of

Holden’s drunken state. What does the reader learn about Holden? I think that
the significance of Holden’s drunken state is to show that he really is
immature and he really does long to remain a kid. Getting drunk is somewhat of a
childish activity. Real "mature" people can usually handle the alcohol and
they know when to not past their limit. I think Holden enjoys this drunken state
because it is somewhat of an excuse for him. He can act like he has a bullet in
his guts because he is drunk and when you are drunk you are sort of "in
another world". The reader learns that Holden is really immature, he doesn’t
want to grow up and he is trying as hard as he can to stop this process. This is
why he makes fun of people who are sophisticated and have done things with
themselves (he knows that he can’t get there himself).