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Catcher In The Rye By J. D. Salinger Holden's Use Of The Word Phony

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Holden’s Use of the Word Phony

It’s a little known fact that people change. Everyone evolves from experiences they have had and what other people have gone through. These events mold us into the people that we are. In the book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the main character, Holden, often expresses how he feels that people are being phony. His usage of the word phony shows his frustration with the society in which he lives, his desire for no one to ever have to really grow up, and just how much of a phony he really is.

Throughout the book Holden complains bitterly of how phony the world it. At one point woman sits next to Holden on a train and she ends up striking ...view middle of the document...

Holden has this intense fear of what the society in which he lives has grown to be as a whole. He doesn’t want the people that are important to him to follow or even be subjected to the madness that he knows the world to be full of. When Holden is talking to his sister, Phoebe, she asks him what he likes. When he can’t produce a satisfactory answer for her, she asks him what he wants to be when he gets older. “Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be (Salinger, 173).” His response shows his desire for change in the society that he knows and how much he doesn’t want little kids to have to grow up and face the terrors of reality. This also shows that he is a phony because his refusal to accept growing up is merely based off of fear. This fear is not who he is, but rather an accumulation of experiences with adults that he does not hold favorable. Since this fear is not who he actually is, his reluctance to grow up in the slightest bit shows that he is not being true to who he really is. His being not being himself makes him a phony.

A notable part of the book is when he decides to...

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