RE: The Catcher in the Rye help with homework Chapter 20
- What does Holden’s wound symbolize on page 150?
- What is significant about Holden’s sitting on the radiator in the men’s room?
- Of what significance is it that Holden breaks the record he had bought for Phoebe?
- Does Holden find the ducks in the park when he goes there? In what ways is his discovery symbolic?
- Why is it particularly pathetic that there are chunks of ice in Holden’s hat?
- What does Holden find hypocritical about funerals?
What is significant about Holden’s sitting on the radiator in the men’s room?
Holden sits on the radiator because it keeps him warm. Then I walked over to this radiator by the window and sat down on it. “It was nice and warm. It felt good because I was shivering like a bastard. It’s a funny thing, I always shiver like hell when I’m drunk.” (pg#81) He keeps counting the squares on the floor and it shows how completely lonely he is and how he is in need of human attention.