Holden Caulfield Phony Analysis

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Sixteen year old Holden Caulfield is the narrator and the main character of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Holden constantly encounters people who strike him as “phony,” a word he applies to anything that is unauthentic or otherwise fake. Throughout this Holden reveals to us that he hates phonies, while still calling himself a “terrific liar”. Throughout the book Holden constantly expresses his hatred for “phonies.” Holden labels anyone who isn’t genuine a phony. This trend of dishonesty is most evident with Holden’s classmates from Pencey Prep, who Holden repeatedly classified as “phonies.” One student from Pencey, who Holden finds to be a phony, is Ackley. Holden is aware of the fact that Ackley is always lying. Holden tells us that Ackley lies especially about his sexual life and Holden definitely knows this, therefore exemplifying Ackley’s phoniness. Stradlater, Holden 's roommate at Pencey Prep, qualifies as another person who Holden considers to be a phony. He is often described as this handsome and well groomed guy, but Holden often acknowledges that he is a “secret slob”. Holden continues to provide details that Stradlater appears well groomed, but his toiletries, such as his razor, are disgustingly unclean. Holden’s continuous hatred for phonies eventually leads him into the feeling of loneliness, which shows his value honesty. Holden’s strong value for honesty, along with his deep hatred for phonies later results in him entering a state of loneliness.
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