Holden Caulfield 's The Catcher Of The Rye Essay

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In the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the main character, Holden Caulfield, views persons, ideas, or institutions that he does not see as genuine, as phonies. Holden tends to look down upon these "phonies", and tends to think very highly of anyone who he deems to be genuine. He primarily deems anything or anyone who he believes is a part of the "adulthood hypocrisy" as phonies, where as childhood is the state of being genuine. Many times he refers to the phonies as old plus their actual name, just showing that it does have some association with ageism. Examples of phonies include: Holden himself, Sunny, Sally Hayes, the musicians and movies. Although he thinks lowly of most as they are primarily phonies he looks up to his siblings as he believes they are genuine people. The novel shows that Holden categorizes certain institutions as good or bad. Holden is preferential to bars and hotels and is against religious buildings. Holden shows phoniness himself in many situations even though he wants us to believe that he is the most genuine person out there. He even says that he is a compulsive liar. One example of his phoniness is when speaking to Mrs. Morrow, Holden states "It isn 't very serious. I have this tiny little tumor on the brain... Then I started reading this timetable I had in my pocket. Just to stop lying. Once I get started, I can go on for hours if I feel like it. No kidding. Hours." (Salinger, 31). This statement by Holden shows his own phoniness…

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