Why does Holden envision himself in a movie scene shooting Maurice with an automatic weapon? What does this fantasy suggest about Holden?  

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This particular passage in The Catcher in the Rye comes at the end of Chapter 14, following Holden's interaction with the prostitute, Sunny. Holden arranges with Maurice to have a prostitute sent up to his room; when she arrives, she turns out to be a very young girl, Sunny. Instead of making Holden feel less depressed, or more grown-up, or "sexy" as he puts it, Sunny's presence just makes him feel more depressed.

When Sunny returns with Maurice, to collect the additional five dollars they believe they are owed, Maurice insults and punches Holden. Instead of the interaction with Sunny alleviating Holden's depression and helping...

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