RE: The Catcher in the Rye help with homework Chapter 10

Chapter 10


  1. What characteristics make Phoebe so important to Holden?
  2. What is the impression Holden wants to make on the three girls in the cocktail lounge by saying he’s Jim Steele? What do Rudolph Schmidt and Jim Steele have in common?
  3. What do girls need to do (or be) in order to appeal to Holden?
  4. Why does Holden regret having lied to Marty about seeing Gary Cooper?
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What do girls need to do (or be) in order to appeal to Holden?

Holden’s view of women in general is not too kind. He doesn’t feel that they are smart, nor hold any depth of character. He believed that women would just be driven by instinct and just go out with guys for the money. He felt this way mainly because that was the sort of women he was hanging with, and because he tends to generalize. For example in Chapter 10 to one of girl from the bar Holden:  “Every time they do something cute he ends up half in love with them, even though they’re sort of stupid”.

Answered on 14.06.2017.
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