2 - Holdens process of assimilation to the economic status quo is interrupted when he goes to sleep in Mr Antolinis house and wakes up only to find

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Holden’s process of assimilation to the economic status quo is interrupted when he goes to sleep in Mr. Antolini’s house and wakes up only to find out that Mr. Antolini is petting him. “I felt something in my head, some guy’s hand. Boy it really scared the hell out of me … it was Mr. Antolini’s hand.” Upon finding this Holden becomes very scared and worried about Mr. Antolini’s behavior. This incident changes Holden’s perception of Mr. Antolini, he begins to see him as a perverted person. As one can notice, this event is quite similar to when Biff finds out that his father Willy is having an affair. Both Biff and Holden become very disappointed in their own way, thus setting a turning point in the book. Holden makes it clear throughout the book that he admires and respects innocence. In fact, Holden repeatedly criticizes the community that surrounds him because he sees it as a corrupted and insincere one. The only two people that he sees as untouched by the corruption are his sister Phoebe and his younger brother Allie. In various parts of the
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This note was uploaded on 01/10/2010 for the course CS 4320 taught by Professor Koch during the Fall '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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