The Catcher in the Rye help with homework Chapter 2

Chapter 2

  1. Describe Holden. How old is he?
  2. What does Holden’s encounter with Mr. Spencer tell us about him? Give at least three points. Is Mr. Spencer as sensitive to Holden as Holden is to Mr. Spencer?
  3. What does Holden mean when he uses the word “phony”? Define it as he might. Find two examples of “phonies” in this chapter.
  4. Holden is a paradoxical character: both mature and immature, both extremely aware of the realities around him and also caught in his own fantasy world, etc. Defend and develop this idea.
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