The Catcher in the Rye help with homework Chapter 18
- On page 137, what objection does Holden think Jesus would have had to the Radio City program he saw? Is he right or wrong? Defend your answer.
- Holden says he is an atheist? Is he? Defend your answer.
- Why is Holden opposed to war?
- Jane explains her date’s behavior by claiming he has a what?
- How does Holden pass the time while waiting to meet his friend?
On page 137, what objection does Holden think Jesus would have had to the Radio City program he saw? Is he right or wrong? Defend your answer.
To kill time, Holden goes to see a movie at Radio City Music Hall. Holden did not like the show on Radio City. He believed that it was phony and especially the picture and when they sang the religious song. He can’t see anything religious or pretty in the angels singing carols, since all the actors playing the angels are really just thinking about going to smoke a cigarette afterward.
He went with Sally last year. She thought they were beautiful, but Holden said Jesus probably would’ve puked to see it.
What is Christmas? It is the celebration of the Incarnation, God’s becoming flesh — human — and entering into history in the form of a vulnerable baby born to a poor, teenage mother in a dirty animal stall. Simply amazing. That Mary was homeless at the time,a member of a people oppressed by the imperial power of an occupied country whose local political leader, Herod, was so threatened by the baby’s birth that he killed countless children in a vain attempt to destroy the Christ child, all adds compelling historical and political context to the Advent season…
In Jesus Christ, God hits the streets.
It is theologically and spiritually significant that the Incarnation came to our poorest streets. That Jesus was born poor, later announces his mission at Nazareth as “bringing good news to the poor,” and finally tells us that how we treat “the least of these” is his measure of how we treat him and how he will judge us as the Son of God, radically defines the social context and meaning of the Incarnation of God in Christ. And it clearly reveals the real meaning of Christmas.
The other explicit message of the Incarnation is that Jesus the Christ’s arrival will mean “peace on earth, good will toward men.” He is “the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.” Jesus later calls on his disciples to turn the other cheek, practice humility, walk the extra mile, put away their swords, love their neighbors — and even their enemies — and says that in his kingdom, it is the peacemakers who will be called the children of God. Christ will end our warring ways, bringing reconciliation to God and to one another…
Making sure that shopping malls and stores greet their customers with “Merry Christmas” is entirely irrelevant to the meaning of the Incarnation. In reality it is the consumer frenzy of Christmas shopping that is the real affront and threat to the season. [Old Jesus probably would’ve puked]
Last year, Americans spent $500 billions on Christmas. Clean water for the whole world, including every poor person on the planet, would cost about $20 billion. Let’s just call that what it is: A material blasphemy of the Christmas season. [Old Jesus probably would’ve puked]
Imagine Jesus walking into the mall, seeing the Merry Christmas signs, and expressing his humble thanks for how the pre- and post-Christmas sales are honoring to him. How about credit cards for Christ? [Old Jesus probably would’ve puked].
Holden says he is an atheist? Is he? Defend your answer.
(P.137-138): “…thousands of them – singing “Come All Ye Faithful” like mad. Big deal. It’s supposed to be religious as hell, I know, and very pretty and all, but I can’t see anything religious or pretty, for God’s sake, about a bunch of actors carrying crucifixes all over the stage. […] I said old Jesus probably would’ve puked if He could see it – all those fancy costumes and all. Sally said I was a sacrilegious atheist. I probably am.”
Holden doesn’t see what the “big deal” is about “a bunch of actors carrying crucifixes all over the stage,” and he claims that Jesus wouldn’t appreciate all of “those fancy costumes and all” because Holden himself doesn’t appreciate it. The only positive thing Holden has to say about religion in this passage is related to Allie. Holden thinks that “the thing Jesus really would’ve liked would be the guy that plays the kettle drums in the orchestra” because that’s the only thing he and Allie used to enjoy. Holden criticized anything religious in the show that didn’t have to do with Allie.
Why is Holden opposed to war?
Holden calls Carl Luce, a friend from the Whooton School who goes to Columbia, and plans to meet him that night. He then goes to the movies and is annoyed when a woman beside him becomes too emotional. The movie is a war film, which makes Holden think about D.B.’s experience in the war. D.B. hated the army, but had Holden read A Farewell to Arms, which in Holden’s view celebrates soldiers. Holden thinks that if there is a war, he is glad that the atomic bomb has been invented, for he would volunteer to sit right on top of it.
Jane explains her date’s behavior by claiming he has a what?
Holden once again considers giving Jane a call to invite her to go dancing. He remembers how she danced with Al Pike from Choate. Although Holden thought that he was “all muscles and no brains,” Jane claimed that he had an inferiority complex and felt sorry for him. Holden thinks that girls divide guys into two types, no matter what their personality: a girl will justify bad behavior as part of an inferiority complex for those she likes, while claim those that she doesn’t like are conceited.
How does Holden pass the time while waiting to meet his friend?
After Holden leaves the skating rink he goes to a drugstore because he’s hungry. He again contemplates calling Jane and reminisces about how jealous he was of another boy dancing with her at a Fourth of July dance. He calls Jane, but she doesn’t answer. So, Holden calls an old friend Carl Luce, an older kid that he used to know at Whooton School and sets up to meet him later for drinks. To kill time, Holden reluctantly goes to see a movie at Radio City. While watching the Rockettes Christmas show, Holden notices the guy in the orchestra who plays the kettle drums. Holden remembers how he and Allie used to love watching the kettle drum player in the orchestra pit during the shows. After the Christmas show ends the movie starts and Holden finds this boring and “putrid”.