The Catcher in the Rye

How does Phoebe allow Holden to realize his motives?

I am writing a essay on Phoebe and I have to aruge how Phoebe allows us to understand the main character (Holden) motives. I don't know what my arguments should be, but if you could give me a tip on what to argue that will be really helpful. Is Allie's death a good argument for Holden not transitioning into adulthood, until Phoebe make him realize in chapter 22.

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We don't help with essays on this forum. You might consider that Holden's little sister brings out the best in Holden. Phoebe realizes the extent of her brother's misanthropy and unhappiness. Holden appreciates every minute detail of Phoebe's existence, it appears, including her stories about "Hazle Weatherfield, Girl Detective." Holden treats Phoebe with more respect and kindness than he treats any other character in the story. Phoebe, for her part, recognizes how tenuous Holden's grasp on reality is. Unlike her parents, she knows he is struggling, and she simply wants to be there for him. In the end, it is her willingness to go to the ends of the earth with him that wakes Holden up to the impossibility of his self-destructive impulses. He succumbs to this reality because he cannot bear to see Phoebe suffer.