Phony In Catcher In The Rye

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In “The Catcher in the Rye” the protagonist and narrator of the novel is Holden Caulfield. Holden is a sixteen year old junior who’s expelled from his school Pencey Prep. Holden finds the world and everyone a phony, but his younger siblings Allie and Phoebe. He focuses on the depressing parts of the world. He mentions the word phonies very often. Is it possible to grow up without becoming a phony? As you grow up you’ll eventually get to some point in your life where you become a phony. Everyone lies at one point in their lifetime. There can be different reasons for your lies. You can lie to not hurt others feelings, hide something from the other person and etc. In “The Catcher in the Rye” on the train to New York Holden meets Mrs. Morrow,…show more content…
In “The Catcher in the Rye” Holden says “I hate the movies like a poison, but I get a bang imitating them."(4.29) He says he can’t stand movies because of their phony emotions yet he still goes to the movies. Holden says “I wasn 't too crazy about him, to tell you the truth.”(3.19) Holden says that he can 't stand being around Ackley but invites him to go to the movies. Holden hates phoniness in others, but can 't avoid it himself. No one will ever be able to go through life without being a phony because being phony has been a human instinct. On the other hand, some people say it is possible to grow up without becoming a phony. Instead of lying to not hurt others feelings and hide something from the other person you can just tell the truth. If someone never did anything phony they would have to be completely honest. Even if it hurts or gives pain to the other person they will have to tell the truth. However, you’ll eventually get to some point in your life where you’ll become a phony. Therefore, it is impossible to grow up without becoming a phony. In conclusion, phoniness is something you will get eventually. You will start out being true to yourself and others, but then become a phony. Whether you like phonies or not you will become one. In “The Catcher in the Rye” Holden hates phonies, but can 't avoid becoming one himself. It is something you can 't avoid and run away from. People in general are phonies in their

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