RE: The Catcher in the Rye help with homework Chapter 19

Chapter 19

  1. “Luc” is the Latin word root meaning light. Of what significance is it that Salinger names Holden’s older friend Carl Luce?
  2. What does Holden confide in Carl Luce that shows how conservative and traditional his attitudes are?
  3. What are some negative qualities we see in Holden in this chapter?
  4. Make a list of the names of those who have rejected Holden in one way or another beginning with Chapter 1 and ending with Chapter 19. Why do you think Holden alienates so many people?
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Luc” is the Latin word root meaning light. Of what significance is it that Salinger names Holden’s older friend Carl Luce?

From the etymology of “luce” to “light” to Phoebe’s name conveying shining, it is apparent there is much beneath the surface of J.D. Salinger’s character’s titles. Whether he intended for Holden’s last name to signify his love for preserving innocence has been disputed, but its meaning cannot be more obvious than if it were written out for the reader.

Answered on 02.06.2017.
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