Catcher In The Rye Pervert Bum Analysis

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In Catcher in the Rye, Holden stops by his old school – now Phoebe’s school - to say goodbye to Phoebe before he leaves New York and heads out West. Although Holden hasn’t been to the school in a long time, “[i]t [is] exactly the same as it was when [Holden] went there” (220). Yet, Holden notices that “some pervert bum” (221) snuck into the school and written “Fuck you” on the walls. He immediately tries to rub it off so that Phoebe and all the other little kids wouldn’t learn what the phrase meant, but he is distressed to see that it was scratched onto the wall unable to be removed. Holden also imagines “smash[ing] the pervert’s] head on the stone steps” (221), but knows he wouldn’t be able to do it himself because he is too yellow. These

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