Essay about The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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By definition, the meaning of a phony is an insincere, pretentious, or deceitful person. In the two novels, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, both books revolve around a phony. In The Great Gatsby, the book is based on the phony life of James Gatz, more commonly known as Jay Gatsby. In The Catcher in the Rye, the book is centered around a teenage boy who struggles to be truthful with himself and others. Despite the fact that Jay Gatsby is without a doubt a phony, Holden Caulfield is the more phony of the two because he is a liar, a hypocrite, and covers up his true feelings.
Holden Caulfield is seen as a phony due to the fact that he is a liar. Besides Sally, his childhood love, Phoebe, his younger sister and Allie, his deceased brother, Holden is dishonest with just about everyone around him. At the beginning of the book, he visits a past teacher of his, Mr. Spencer. During the visit, Mr. Spencer is lecturing him about the way Holden has been acting out with his schooling. He continues to make his point by asking Holden why he was kicked out of past schools. Holden replies, “I didn’t exactly flunk out or anything. I just quit, sort of” (Salinger 13). Followed by another lie for why he quit, blaming it solely on the phonies attending the school, “One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies. That’s all.” We know this is an example of lying because Holden…

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