RE: The Catcher in the Rye help with homework Chapter 13
- Explain Holden’s confusion about his own assertiveness.
- Why does Holden allow Maurice to send the prostitute to his room? How does Holden excuse his agreeing to meet a prostitute?
- Explain what happens between Holden and the prostitute. What does this scene tell us about Holden?
- What does Holden’s pseudonym indicate about his insecurities?
- What comment shows Holden’s sensitivity to language?
Explain Holden’s confusion about his own assertiveness.
Holden’s confusion about his own assertiveness was that he was confused about using the prostitute to lose his virginity, he then ended up realizing that she wasn’t fit for him and made an excuse just to make her leave. His interactions with the prostitute Sunny are comic as well as touching, partly because they are both adolescents trying to be adults. Although Sunny is the more frightening of the two, neither belongs there.