Essay on Catcher in the Rye - Phony

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Catcher in the Rye – Essay

The theme of phoniness, illustrated by J.D. Salinger is the key of a better understanding the story line as a whole. Phony or fake more often than not means not real and is mostly referred to some religions by non believers or sometimes even to people. J.D. Salinger has used the term "phony" in a very common manor. By the interpretation of common manor, many of the people at that time period suited to the style of Holden Caulfield's dialogues through J.D. Salinger. Salinger's view of phoniness may or may not even share a bond with most of the readers' experiences, because this theme is confronted in at least some kind of form or action in the life of all people on a daily bases. The way Salinger has set
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So Holden now believes that before he can label a person as a phony they should also be innocent. This is how J.D. Salinger would also think like before he can stay away from a few people. Then also the way Salinger speaks through Holden about most of the people Holden actually met was like this statement "I was surrounded by jerks" (85). Jerks are not really the innocent type. Holden thinks that everyone he had met are phonies except the three people he trusts. So from this segment, it's also safe to say that most of the people Salinger had met were distrustful jerks and phonies. Therefore J.D. Salinger tries to isolate himself from meeting any one.
The theme of phoniness helps understand the story line of The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger as a whole. Salinger's main idea is to express his own feelings and emotions through Holden Caulfield. Every person that Holden cannot understand and trust are considered to be phonies. Holden also can only trust people who are also innocent. The only people Holden can or used to trust are Phoebe, Allie and D.B. Salinger thinks most people are phony, so he tries to stay away from the world around him. This concludes an analysis on the how and why the theme of phoniness helps understand the story –

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