RE: The Catcher in the Rye help with homework Chapter 25

Chapter 25


  1. How is Holden’s physical condition deteriorating in this chapter?
  2. How is Holden’s mental condition deteriorating in this chapter?
  3. What indication is there that Holden may be starting to question his own generalizations?
  4. Why does Holden want to be a deaf mute?
  5. Relate the writing on the wall at Phoebe’s school to Holden’s wanting to be a “catcher in the rye.”
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Why does Holden want to be a deaf mute?

“I thought what I’d do was, I’d pretend I  was one of those deaf-mutes. That way I wouldn’t have to have any goddam stupid useless conversations with anybody. If anybody wanted to tell me something, they’d have to write it on a piece of paper and shove it over to me”. Being a deaf-mute will mean that Holden can’t listen to or talk with anybody, the ultimate isolation from society. This, in a way, symbolizes death in that no one has to care about him and he doesn’t have to care about anyone. The ironic thing is that he later (I believe, again, I may be off…) talks about having another deaf-mute woman so that they could be together. So, deep inside, perhaps Holden doesn’t want to be isolated from society.


Answered on 05.06.2017.
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