Holden A Hypocrite In Catcher In The Rye

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In The Cather in the Rye Holden is indeed a hypocrite. Throughout the story Holden does many things that would define him as a hypocrite. He is immature and rebellious and wants people to treat him like an adult even though he isn’t one. Holden’s actions often contradict his words, which would make him a hypocrite. For example, in chapter four Holden complains about his next-door neighbor Ackley spending all his time in Holden’s room. “He came over and stood right in my light."Hey," I said. "I've read this same sentence about twenty times since you came in."Anybody else except Ackley would've taken the goddam hint.” But in chapter seven, Holden goes to Ackley’s room and stays in his bed even though Ackley doesn’t want him there. The lack of …show more content…

“I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life.” This is a contradiction in Holden’s behavior throughout the story. Holden dislikes when people lie to him. But Holden himself lies to people all the time. Another example of Holden being hypocritical is in chapter one when he criticizes his brother D.B. for earning lots of money in Hollywood by being a prostitute. “He’s got a lot of dough now... he’s out in Hollywood, D.B., being a prostitute.” However, Holden likes the money his brother gives to him and spends it often. Since Holden likes to blow through money, but makes fun of his brother for earning it, it makes Holden a hypocrite. As should be obvious, Holden is indeed a hypocrite. There are many examples that portray him as such. Holden spends money while criticizing people for earning it, complains about Ackley staying in his room but Holden stays in Ackley’s room, and calling himself the most terrific liar he ever met but spends most of his time making fun of other phonies. In conclusion, Holden is an immature young teenager who cannot live up to even his own

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