Allie and kids symbolize the “catching”.The cliff symbolizes adulthood .Holden believes that adults are all phonies (which is hypocritical of him because even Though Holden constantly talks about other people being phony he is himself often phony. At various times in the novel, he tells pointless lies, claims to like or agree with things he hates, goes out with girls he doesn 't like, all to try to feel less lonely and left out).In chapter 17 Holden says “Then, just to show you how crazy I am, when we were coming out of this big clinch, I told her I loved her and all. It was a lie, of course, but the thing is, I meant it when I said it. I 'm crazy. I swear to God I am”.
Holden always talks about how he will come into his room and misplace things and then leave. Holden tells the reader he does not like Ackley, but the reader also knows that Ackley is the closest thing that Holden has to a friend. It is unsure if Holden feels bad for Ackley, or if he is just lonely and needs someone to talk to. Stradlater:Stradlater is described as the dreamy jock who gets all the girls. He is very conceited and never gets tired of looking at himself.
I thought how Phoebe and all the other little kids would see it”(Salinger 20). This quote shows that Holden fears deeply for the children's innocence in the dearest of ways and that he believes even the slightest of things could affect them and make the dry and inauthentic adults. This also demonstrates the type of corruption Holden is referring to and how he views the adult world in terms of the usage of dry and Un-wanted language that he claims affects a persons innocence. Finally, one
Holden goes to the Edmont Hotel where he sees perverts sexually fulfilling themselves. He ponders about the pleasures of sex when he thinks to himself, “I keep making up these sex rules for myself, and then I break them right away” (70). By not living up to his standards and going against his own beliefs, Holden is viewed as a phony, making him unjustified at his animosity to phonies. As Holden enters the elevator in his hotel, he meets a man named Maurice. When he asks Holden if he wants to hire a prostitute, Holden agrees even though, “It was against [his] principles and all, but [he] was feeling so depressed [he] didn’t even think” (102).
Chapter 2 Analysis: Holden states that he does not mind being lectured, what really unsettles him is the smell of his teacher’s nose drops and seeing his pajamas and bathrobe. Those three things all represent growing up which is what Holden is afraid of. 3. Chapter 3 Quote: "I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful.
A second fact of Holden’s personality is that his comments is his attitude toward sex. Holden is a virgin, but he is mostly interested in sex, in fact, he spends much of the story trying to lose his virginity. He feels strongly about sex, he says it should happen between “people who care deeply about and respect one another.” Also he gets upset by the realization that sex can be casual. Stradlater’s date with Jane doesn’t just make him jealous. Holden goes in to the bathroom while stradlater is shaving he asked him about girls and how he’s going to take Jane Gallagher out that he’s attracted too.
The tone of The Catcher in the Rye is cynical. Throughout the novel, Holden adamantly refuses to see anything but the worst in all but a few people. He repeatedly attempts to separate himself from the rest of the world, criticizing others’ faults while ignoring his own. Holden condemns his classmates for being crooks, his teachers for not understanding the struggles of being a teenager, and the wealthy for believing money can buy happiness. Regardless of who he interacts with, Holden always sees them as frauds.
Phoniness: The Worst Mental Illness Holden Caulfield is a complex character, but it’s this complexity that simultaneously makes him insanely simple. The intricacies of Holden’s mind can lead a reader into believing that he’s super depressed, is a compulsive liar, has obsessive compulsive disorder, or should be diagnosed with any other mental illnesses in any number of combinations. These assumptions are reaching. Instead of sticking Holden with labels and saying he needs medication and therapy, think about his life and situation. He’s a normal, albeit dramatic, teenager dealing with inner workings of life that he just isn’t familiar with.
Holden wants the truth from everyone but couldn’t bare to hear the truth from Mr. Spencer, so he makes up a lie to leave.Holden first says this when the reader knows they can't trust him; “I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It’s awful.” (pg 16, Salinger). Holden describing himself as a terrific liar makes the reader question his authenticity because he makes himself seem like a phoney. Calling himself a liar contrasts with what he wants the reader to think about him with what he’s actually like, which is a liar. One of Holden’s biggest problems is not wanting to grow up and be an adult because he doesn’t like adults.
Othello is a courageous and powerful Venetian general who is a Moor. Plato is a small yet aggressive high schooler who is a homosexual. Even though these characters are skilled in expressing their opinions or feelings freely, the society limits Holden, Othello, and Plato of changing the society due to their unchangeable yet exclusive factors. The three protagonist’s abilities are that they are aggressive, express their feelings or opinions, and state their identities in the society. Holden shows aggression when he tries to “sock [Stradlater], with all [his] might” when Stradlater talks about his night with Jane.