Catcher in the Rye

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What is the significance of Holden's absence at Allie’s funeral several years prior, and how does this particular circumstance relate to Holden's characterization through the whole book?

A

Holden was hospitalized because of his case of pneumonia; per what we see of Holden, he is a chronically sick individual who cannot stay healthy.

B

Holden was forbidden to go to the funeral because he was at fault for Allie's death; this is why he continuously thinks about Allie throughout the entirety of the novel.

C

Holden was still hospitalized and unable to attend because he had a self-inflicted injury to his hand; throughout the novel, Holden continues to discuss the possibility of suicide.

D

Holden does not believe that people should be buried just so others can come put flowers on their graves, so he didn't go to Aliie's funeral as a sort of protest, furthering his development as a rebel.

E

Holden was still away at school, unwilling to take leave from his academics as he was worried that he would fall behind in his studies.