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Somebody's written "Fuck You" on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it, and how they'd wonder what the hell it meant. And then finally some dirty kid would tell them, all cockeyed, naturally, what it meant, and how they'd all think about it and maybe even worry about it for a couple of days. I kept wanting to kill whoever'd written it. I figured it was some perverty bum that'd sneaked in the school late at night to take a leak or something and then wrote it on the wall. I kept picturing myself catching him at it, and how I'd smash his head on the stone steps till he was good and goddam dead and bloody. But I knew, too, I wouldn't have the guts to do it.

Which of the following choices BEST articulates the passage's thematic relevance and importance within the larger scope of the novel?


When Holden says he “wouldn't have the guts” to physically hurt the person responsible for writing the graffiti, he reveals the cowardice that has impeded his ability to connect with others throughout the text.


When Holden sees the profanity written on the wall of Phoebe's school, it is a sign that Holden's effort to protect the innocent is futile.


When Holden sees the graffiti written on the wall, the aggression and alienating tone of the profanity reflects the loneliness and isolation Holden grapples with throughout the novel.


When Holden envisions smashing the graffiti writer's “head on the stone steps till he was good and goddam dead,” the explicit description of his fantasy is demonstrative of violence and its large thematic presence in the text.


When Holden imagines how the students might react upon seeing the graffiti, his empathy for and sensitivity toward others is clearly illustrated.

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