The Catcher in the Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 14 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Holden, alone, remembers a time when he excluded Allie from a game. He still feels guilty about it. He gets into bed, and is surprised that he feels like praying. He says he's "sort of an atheist," and dislikes ministers because they speak in a phony tone of voice.
Holden's rejection of society includes religion. He views ministers as actors, all of whom he considers phonies because they hide their true selves.
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Phoniness Theme Icon
Alienation and Meltdown Theme Icon
A knock sounds on the door. Holden opens it. Maurice demands five dollars, and pins Holden while Sunny takes the money from Holden's wallet. When Holden calls Maurice a "dirty moron," Maurice punches him in the stomach, leaving him crying on the floor.
Perhaps the biggest condemnation of adult society in Catcher is not its phoniness, but that rather than protect the fragile Holden, it literally assaults him.
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Alienation and Meltdown Theme Icon
Childhood and Growing Up Theme Icon
Holden images himself as a movie star shot in the gut by an enemy, and imagines taking his revenge. He then says he feels like committing suicide by jumping out the window. Eventually, he goes to sleep.
Note Holden's consistent wariness of actors and the movies. Also note how, now incredibly lonely, he begins to fixate on his own death.
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Phoniness Theme Icon
Alienation and Meltdown Theme Icon
Madness, Depression, Suicide Theme Icon