How does Holden's survivor's guilt over Allie's death affect his decision-making?

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Holden's survivor's guilt over the death of his younger brother, Allie, has caused him to make a series of poor and self-destructive decisions that emerge out of his deep grief. First, he breaks all the windows of his family's garage with his bare fist. He is still suffering damage to his hand from that act. Second, he doesn't do his schoolwork and, as a result, flunks out of Pencey. Third, he gets into a bloody fistfight with his roommate, Stradlater, who took his friend Jane Gallagher out on a...

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