Stradlater's Phony In Catcher In The Rye

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Holden’s pessimistic outlook on life causes him to categorize others as phonies because he is jealous of others. Firstly, Holden classifies his roommate Stradlater as a phony. Being roommates with Stradlater causes Holden to get to know the real Stradlater, not his phony alter ego he displays to others. For example, “He was at least a pretty friendly guy, Stradlater. It was partly a phony kind of friendly guy, Stradlater” (26). This reveals how Stradlater pretends to be friendly and charming to place him in a high hierarchy of popularity. Stradlater’s friendly greetings come off as being phony to Holden because Holden knows Stradlater is not being sincere to others. Holden’s stereotyping of Stradlater is caused by Holden’s desire to come …show more content…
For example, “It was the phoniest conversation you ever heard in your life” (127). This shows how Holden is jealous of the man who was talking to Sally by describing their conversation as phony. Holden was uncomfortable and lonely while waiting for Sally to finish talking. He wished that Sally would pay more attention to him. Sally’s increased interest with the man; therefore, causes Holden to feel as though he is less interesting. This causes him to label Sally as a phony due to his jealousy and insecurity of the man. Lastly, Holden associates his brother D.B. as a phony. Holden used to be proud of his brothers accomplishments with his literature until he moved out to Hollywood to start working with film. For example, “Now he’s out there in Hollywood, D.B., being a prostitute” (2). This reveals how Holden is upset with his brother’s actions. However, Holden in also jealous of his brother’s success and wishes he could be able to accomplish something half as amazing as his brother. Holden’s insecurities in his lack of talent, work, and motivation pushes Holden to identify his brother as a phony. Holden’s jealousy of others causes Holden to stereotype others as …show more content…
Holden identifies Sally Hayes as a seducer. Her body language and flirty interactions both attract and annoy Holden. For example, “She kept walking ahead of me so that I could see how cute her little ass looked” (129). Although Holden is sometimes annoyed by Sally, his feelings change on the basis of physical attraction. Sally seduces Holden by attracting him with her body language; therefore, confusing Holden’s opinion on Sally by being attracted to her on a physical, but not mental level. Holden also places Lillian Simmons into the seducers category. Again, Holden is attracted to Lillian on a physical level, and is frustrated by her fake personality. For example, “My brother D.B. used to go around with her for awhile. She had very big knockers” (86). This portrays Holden’s objectification and misunderstanding of women. Holden is interested in Lillian’s physical characteristics but is uninterested in her as a person. Holden disrespects Lillian by deeming her only valuable because of her body; Holden labels Lillian as a seducer. Finally, Holden classifies Sunny as a seducer. Sunny’s persisted behavior towards Holden attracts him, yet confuses him. For example, “She didn’t get up from my lap or anything, but she gave me this terrifically dirty look” (97). Sunny’s profession is to seduce people for money. While Holden is physically attracted to her, he is still confused

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