The Catcher in the Rye help with homework Chapter 19
- “Luc” is the Latin word root meaning light. Of what significance is it that Salinger names Holden’s older friend Carl Luce?
- What does Holden confide in Carl Luce that shows how conservative and traditional his attitudes are?
- What are some negative qualities we see in Holden in this chapter?
- 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?
“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.
What does Holden confide in Carl Luce that shows how conservative and traditional his attitudes are?
Holden’s attempt to question Luce about sex throughout their conversation shows how he wants some guidance in adult sexuality. Holden show his immaturity while talking to Luce. This demonstrate how Holden still has a childlike behavior.
What are some negative qualities we see in Holden in this chapter?
Some negative qualities we find in Holden are that he tries too hard to be somebody he’s not. He starts to get a little too personal with Carl Luce when he tells Luce,” All right, but listen. Take you and this chinese babe. What’s so good about you two? (Chapter 19) When Holden states,” Maybe I’ll go to China. My sex life is lousy.” By reading this I thought Holden is rally trying to belong because he can’t quite find himself because of his lonliness.
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?
The three girls from the lavender bar refuse to have more drinks with him and they leave him alone in the bar.
Sunny, the prostitute that is send up to his room rejects him in the way that Holden wants to have a conversation with her but she is not interested. He’s left alone and depressed in his room with no one to keep him company.
Mrs. Ernest, mother of Ernest Morrow thinks that Holden is a charming young man but when Holden asks her to have cocktails with him, she says its to late and gets of the train.
Holden goes on a date with Sally Hayes , he ends up insulting her and she doesnt want to see him anymore, she pushes him away because of what he said to her. Carl Luce is another character that rejects him. Holden tries to ask Carl for help but Luce just thinks Holden is being immature and childish.
The paragraphs of the last chapter in which Holden addresses his psychoanalyst’s questions about “applying himself” is a key to understanding Holden’s alienation. If he can’t, or doesn’t(apply himself), then he’ll have increasingly less in common with those who are productively, constructively, and esteemfully living their lives, and will project his feelings of inadequacy and hostility onto them. He will become increasingly isolated and averse to social stimulation. i.e., Can Holden “get a life?” If not, family get-togethers and Thanksgiving dinners likely will become increasingly unbearable as he won’t have the “usual” answers and topics of conversation that his age-related peers will, creating further contempt and alienation for those he sees as “successful.”