5 - recognize the Chics given their socioeconomic status...

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Why would Holden (who would by this time be old enough to be a likely guest of the Bernstein's himself) be particularly likely to recognize the Chics, demographically? Why would he know them better than, say, the average American citizen would? What would he say about them, and why? Salinger makes it clear throughout the book that Holden comes from a wealthy family. Although Holden does not particularly identify with such wealth, he has, however, grown used to it. Holden mentions in various instances how much it upsets him seeing people with cheap items or eating low-cost food. One would expect, therefore, Holden to easily
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Unformatted text preview: recognize the Chics given their socioeconomic status. The Chics, like Holden, derive from New York’s highest of classes. Unlike the average American citizen, who usually stems from America’s middle class, Holden is used to the classy kind of living the Chics are used to. Nonetheless, Holden would most likely see the Chics as the very phonies he criticizes and tries to avoid throughout the course of the book. It is evident that Holden dislikes the very same image that the Chics portray, which like Stradlater, seem to be arrogance and self-centeredness....
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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.

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