- 1 What is the significance of the museum to Holden?
- 2 What was the best thing about the museum according to Holden?
- 3 Why does Holden not enter the museum?
- 4 Why is Holden so obsessed with innocence?
- 5 Why does Holden say Phoebe lost innocence?
- 6 Why did Holden Miss Allie’s funeral?
- 7 Why did Holden call Carl Luce even though he didn’t like him much?
- 8 Why does Holden say he loves Sally?
- 9 What made Holden not so depressed?
- 10 What advice did Mr Antolini give Holden?
- 11 Why did Holden call Carl Luce?
- 12 How did Holden lose his innocence?
- 13 Is Holden Caulfield a virgin?
- 14 Why did Holden cry in Chapter 23?
What is the significance of the museum to Holden?
The museum represents the world Holden wishes he could live in: it’s the world of his “catcher in the rye” fantasy, a world where nothing ever changes, where everything is simple, understandable, and infinite.
What was the best thing about the museum according to Holden?
For Holden Caulfield, the best thing about the Museum of Natural History is ” that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was.”
Why does Holden not enter the museum?
When he actually gets to the museum, he decides not to go in; that would require disturbing his fragile imaginative construction by making it encounter the real world. He wants life to remain frozen like the display cases in the museum.
Why is Holden so obsessed with innocence?
He wanted to preserve his innocence to feel the love from his parents that he has been longing for so long. Due to his obsession of preserving his innocence, he wishes to be “the catcher in the rye” to protect the children from falling off the cliff. He finds the adult world corrupted and poisonous.
Why does Holden say Phoebe lost innocence?
The way that Holden wears the hunting hat represents self-protection. Holden feels protected when he wears the hat and later on in the book gives the hat to Phoebe to keep her innocence and keep her safe.
Why did Holden Miss Allie’s funeral?
Holden, distraught over the loss of his brother, broke his hand punching the windows out of the garage of their summer home. Holden missed Allie’s funeral because he was in the hospital, apparently for psychiatric evaluation as well as for attention to his hand. Holden keeps the glove with him and has it at Pencey.
Why did Holden call Carl Luce even though he didn’t like him much?
Why did Holden call Carl Luce even though he didn’t like him much? Holden was desperate for a companion with whom to pass the time. He also thought that since Carl Luce was quite intellectual, Luce might be able to help him. They mostly talked about Luce’s romantic life and Holden’s lack of one.
Why does Holden say he loves Sally?
Despite the fact that Sally is obviously not a good match for him, Holden claims that at the moment he proposed that they run away together, he did truly love her. His feelings are irrational, but they indicate how desperate he is to find love.
What made Holden not so depressed?
He got her the “Little Shirley Beans” record. What made Holden ” not so depressed anymore” on his way to the record store? The little boy singing as he was walking with his parents.
What advice did Mr Antolini give Holden?
What advice did Mr. Antolini give Holden? “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”
Why did Holden call Carl Luce?
In Chapter Nineteen, Holden admits that the main reason he called his childhood friend Carl Luce, besides wanting some company, is that old Luce was always good for a sex talk. Carl lets it drop that he’s dating a much older woman, that she’s Chinese, “if you must know” (19.28).
How did Holden lose his innocence?
In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden loses his innocence at the age of thirteen, when his brother, Allie, dies of leukemia. He blames himself for not being able to protect his brother and wants to become the catcher in the rye, rescuing children before they can fall off the edge of a cliff.
Is Holden Caulfield a virgin?
Holden is a virgin, but he is very interested in sex, and, in fact, he spends much of the novel trying to lose his virginity. Although Holden refers to such behavior as “crumby,” he admits that it is pretty fun, although he doesn’t think that it should be.
Why did Holden cry in Chapter 23?
Holden is crying when he leaves his home at the end of chapter 23 because he has been crying internally since the beginning of the novel. Holden is obviously looking for something throughout the entire book. He is unhappy because he feels lonely and because he has a bad opinion of himself.