Essay on The Catcher Of The Rye By J. D. Salinger

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The word phony is used thirty-five times by the main character, Holden Caulfield, in The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. David D. Galloway said, “Wherever Holden turns, his craving for truth seems to be frustrated by the phoniness of the world.” Throughout the book, Holden sees phoniness around him by seeing the imperfect in the world, and he wishes to not have the “phoniness” in the world. Salinger wishes for the reader to perceive phoniness as the flaws in the world shown by the usage of phony by Holden to express his criticism of his surroundings.
In the Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield uses the word phony multiple times to express his criticism of his surroundings. The first mention of phony in the book is the moment Holden conveys his opinion on Pencey 's headmaster. “Old Selma Thurmer- she was the headmaster’s daughter- showed up at the games...What I liked about her, she didn 't give you a lot of horse manure about what a great guy her father was. She probably knew what a phony slob he was.” (Salinder 5). Holden uses the word phony to symbolize the attributes of the headmaster that Holden despises or is uncomfortable with. Holden also uses the word to express his feelings about certain statements that people make. There is two occurrences in the book on how Holden feels about the word grand after someone said it. The first occurrence is when Mr. Spencer is telling Holden about his opinion on Holden’s parents. “Grand. There 's a word I really hate. It 's a…

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