The Catcher in the Rye - Study Guide Chapter 18 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 18 Summary

Holden tries to call Jane again, but gets no answer. He only has a few numbers in his address book, so he calls an old friend named Carl Luce, who now goes to Columbia. Carl agrees to meet him at ten o'clock. That gives Holden a lot of time to kill, so he goes to see a movie. He thinks about D.B.'s experiences during World War II. The chapter ends with Holden thinking that if there is another war, he will volunteer to sit on top of an atomic bomb.

Chapter 18 Analysis

Holden spends some time in this chapter thinking about inferiority complexes. This is important, because for the first time, Holden seems to understand that people are not always what they appear. Although very little action happens in this chapter, Holden's thoughts about love and war show that he enjoys pondering weighty topics. He...

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