The Catcher in the Rye Final Assessment

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A girl named Phoebe Caulfield, Holden’s sister, showed concern about her brother. One night she said to him, “You don’t like anything that’s happening” (Salinger, 169), and when he responded, “Yes I do. Sure I do” (Salinger, 169), she challenged him. She told him, “Name one thing” (Salinger, 169), and was concerned when he answered, after a long pause, “I like Allie” (Salinger, 169). Allie is Holden’s late brother, and Phoebe was worried to hear that the only thing her brother likes about this world is something that isn’t even there anymore.
That same night, Phoebe witnessed something else that concerned her. When asked about this incident, Holden reports, “All of a sudden, I started to cry. I couldn’t help it. I scared hell out of old Phoebe when I started doing it, and she came over and tried to make me stop, but once you get started, you can’t just stop on a gaddam dime” (Salinger, 179). This event worried Phoebe, because she couldn’t understand why Holden started crying for no reason. The only reason she could think of was that he was just extremely sad, and so she decided he needed help.
Another person named Mr. Antolini also showed concern for his former student,…

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