How does Holden feel about the museum in chapter 16 of "The Catcher in the Rye"?

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lizbv | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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The museum represents childhood memories of school field trips for Holden, reminding him of a time in his life when things were simpler and when he was happier.  Allie, his younger brother, was still alive then and all in all his family was much happier as well.  More importantly, however, the museum is a place that never experiences change. This also is important to Holden because all the change he has experienced in his life has been negative: his brother Allie's death, the effects that death has had on his family and friends, the effects on his academic progress, his repeated expulsions from schools and his having to become accustomed to more new people, etc.

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Not only does it represent childhood memories for Holden but the museum also represents how Holden doesn’t want to grow up. It struck out when he started mentioning the fact that the museum never changed, only the person who visited the museum changed. He talked about the fact that he wished time would freeze just as the figures in the glass cases were frozen in time, this shows just how scared Holden is of growing up, he isn’t talking about it age wise, but more along the lines of seeing the world in a different light. He hates how the world around him changed every year he visited.

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