RE: The Catcher in the Rye help with homework Chapter 25
- How is Holden’s physical condition deteriorating in this chapter?
- How is Holden’s mental condition deteriorating in this chapter?
- What indication is there that Holden may be starting to question his own generalizations?
- Why does Holden want to be a deaf mute?
- Relate the writing on the wall at Phoebe’s school to Holden’s wanting to be a “catcher in the rye.”
How is Holden’s physical condition deteriorating in this chapter?
Every time he steps down off the curb to pass over a road, he thinks he may just keep falling and evaporate. He asks his dead brother, Allie, to help him. Holden is physically and emotionally debilitated, sweating profusely despite the cold. He is near collapse. Holden’s anxiety as he crosses streets on Fifth Avenue is reminiscent of the feelings that he had on his way to Mr. Spencer’s home near the end of Chapter 1. There, too, he felt that he was disappearing every time he crossed a road. The terror is related to the horror he feels toward mutability and death.