Catcher in the Rye Essay
Both texts delve deep into the workings of the human condition. While one boy fights to break apart from the uniformity of society, the other craves to be one with the normality of it. Yet, strangely, both …show more content…
Ironically, in contrast to his supposed rejection of society, Holden still craves for acceptance. He uses lying and deception to show himself as an interesting and appealing person. Paul also behaves in a similar manner when he enters the Kittredge’s lives by spinning a web of shameless lies. Both characters feel that the dissimulation is necessary to be able to mix with people freely. Holden makes it clear that he doesn't want to grow up and get a job, ride in expensive cars, go to an office or associate with phonies.
Yet if you rub away his cynical exterior he actually really does want to do those things. Salinger has shown Holden as a character who is perpetually caught in a limbo where he is judgemental of people and yet he wants to join the same people for a drink and company. When Holden interacts with people, they usually