RE: The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 25 Questions

  1. How does Holden help the two kids at the museum? What is symbolic about the meeting? What is ironic?
  2. Explain two examples of Holden’s accepting reality in this chapter.
  3. What does Phoebe wanting to go away with Holden do for him? How does Phoebe force Holden to accept responsibility?
  4. What is symbolic and ironic about Phoebe’s role in the school play?
  5. What is the significance of Phoebe’s riding the carousel and reaching for the gold ring?
  6. How is Holden’s hunting hat symbolic in this chapter?
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How is Holden’s hunting hat symbolic in this chapter?

After the ride Phoebe kisses Holden and retrieves the hat from his pocket to put on his head. Rain starts to fall as Phoebe asks whether Holden meant it when he said he wasn’t going anywhere. Holden assures her that he meant it; this time, he tells the reader, he wasn’t lying. She rides again as the rain falls harder. Holden is soaked but happy watching her ride the brown horse, seeing her blue coat through the rain. Throughout the novel, Holden has used the red hunting hat as a means of comfort and protection. Holden says: “My hunting hat really gave me quite a lot of protection, in a way, but I got soaked anyway”.

Answered on 02.06.2017.
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