Catcher in the Rye Essay
Holden criticizes phonies although he engages in phony conversations and uses 'phony' words. Before he leaves Pencey Prep, in his visit with Mr. Spencer, Holden …show more content…
Holden claims to be heterosexual but that is 'phony' to shroud his subconscious, homosexual propensities. Holden is quite bold in announcing his own sexual attractiveness at several times through out the novel. He boisterously declares, "I am quite sexy" (p54) and that he is "probably the biggest sex maniac you ever saw" (p62). Both of these statements are made by Holden to impress upon the reader his sexual prowess. It is a thinly veiled attempt which allows Holden not to express his true intimate feelings, which he is timid to admit. In order to expose the doubt in his sexual commitments one should examine his statements and actions as well as the conduct of those he associates with.
Holden affiliate with two other gay men, Mr. Antolini and Carl Luce. Salinger is careful to connect the three through their attraction to older women, possibly as a means to conceal their true sexual