Provides quotes about chaos and corruption, positive influential characters and theme of love in The Catcher in the Rye??it will be very helpful if you can separates these quotes form each other. 2...

Provides quotes about chaos and corruption, positive influential characters and theme of love in The Catcher in the Rye??

it will be very helpful if you can separates these quotes form each other. 2 or 3 quotes are fine .

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archteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It will definitely help to break this question down.

First, deal with "chaos".  Chaos is a lack of order/predictability.  At what points in the book does Holden's world seem to be spinning out of control?  At what points does he get blindsided by things he could not have predicted?

Next, "corruption".  I'm guessing moral (vs. physical) corruption is the focus here.  When does Holden experience things that lead to a loss of innocence?  When does Holden fear that others will lose their innocence?

Then deal with "positive influential characters."  Does Holden have any good role models to look up to?  Has anyone ever done a good thing that left an impression on him?  Has anyone helped Holden out or changed his life for the better?

Finally, the theme of love.  Holden is certainly capable of love.  You just have to figure out where is love is focused.  Who does Holden think about constantly?  Who is he willing to do things for?  Who does he speak of with particular tenderness?  You can augment your information about Holden's ability to love by considering characters who demonstrate love for Holden.

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