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In these latter chapters of the book Holden carries himself further and further towards his impending breakdown but I think begins to realize what he is doing to those around him I found these chapters really quite sad and depressing Holdens breakdown reaches its climax in Chapter 25 As the chapter begins Holden feels surrounded on all sides by ugliness and phoninessthe profanity on the walls the vulgar Christmas-tree delivery men the empty pomp of Christmasand his recent interactions with Phoebe and Mr Antolini have left him feeling completely lonely and alienated As he wanders the streets of New York he looks at children and prays to Allie to keep him from disappearing as the ducks disappeared and as Allie himself disappeared Its clear that Mr Antolini was at least in part correct Holden does not feel connected to his environment He imagines that he is an a mere presence that could vanish at any moment Not only does he feel that he cant relate to anybody but he doesnt know how to deal with adults As a result he makes the only decision that makes sense in such a situation he decides to run away Unable to deal with the world around him and realizing that his cynical view of the world is not grounded in reality he decides to leave Phoebe demands to go with Holden but it is unclear whether she needs him or he needs her Despite her young age I would say that she has a clearer perspective on the situation than Holden so the latter explanation seems more likely Holden sees the effect his plans have on someone he cares about A first sign of maturity brewing He begins to come out of his shell demonstrating concern for Phoebe and a willingness to accept After Holden makes the decision to stay and Phoebe forgives him she returns his hunting hat reciprocating his gesture of kindness It is
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