Catcher in the Rye

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Confusion / sex

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While waiting for his prostitute to show up at his hotel room, Holden says, “I kept hoping she'd be good-looking. I didn't care too much, though. I sort of just wanted to get it over with.”

Considering what you know about Holden, why would he “just want to get it [sex] over with”?

A

Because Holden is insecure and depressed he struggles to form meaningful relationships, and cannot connect or get close enough to anyone to have sex.

B

Holden yearns for his childhood; having sex violates and clashes with his fantasy of remaining in a world of innocence and being the catcher in the rye.

C

Holden regrets most of the sexual experiences he engaged in while attending Pencey, and so he is dreading the prospect of having sex with a prostitute seeing that he associates sex with “crumby” times.

D

Holden is consumed by his thoughts of Jane Gallagher; he sees the prostitute as an inconvenience and an impediment to his calling up Jane on the phone.

E

Choice 'A' and Choice 'B'.