Troubled Teenager Catcher and the Rye Essay

718 Words Jan 1st, 2009 3 Pages
Troubled teenager

In this novel Holden not only demonstrates dishonesty by repeatedly lying in various occasions but also shows to be confused as of what he really is. It is also proven that he is a hypocritical person that is just looking to keep his image well even if he has to lie. It is also shown that this character seeks pity from other people in order to make himself feel better.

First off Holden Caulfield is not very shy about lying and even admits it when he lies. He uses false testimony to hide his true identity and for people to feel bad for him. Holden proves that, when he see’s Ernest‘s mother on the train. He says the following “It’s me Holden. I have to have this operation. It isn't very serious. I have this tiny
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“I'm always saying 'Glad to have met you' to somebody but I'm not at all glad I met him” (87). Even if Holden showed some respect for the people he had just met, he did not really mean it. He felt obligated to say it, but it was not something truthful. In both these examples, Holden proves his dishonesty and how much of a hypocrite he really is.

Throughout the book Holden seemed confused of what he really is and many times called himself something he was not. In chapter 5 Holden stated he was a pacifist "I'm a pacifist” (46).Meanwhile he showed the complete opposite when he and Stradlater had an argument after stradlater had gone on a date with Jane. What kind of a pacifist would sock someone in the face? A pacifist would never act like that. He is saying it but his not showing he is a pacifist. A second way that Holden Caulfield changes his image is when he was on his way to the store to buy a magazine and somebody asked him where he was headed and he said he was going to the opera. This shows that Holden feels insecure about what he does and lies to make himself look cooler or more classy.

I have come to the conclusion that Holden Caulfield is a person who cares a lot about his image and how people look at him and often lies to hide his true emotions. Holden has also shown the inability to know who he really is stating something he is not, and last but not least he has

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