Phony Of Holden In The Great Gatsby

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In the books The Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby the main characters are phony. Yet, one is phonier than the other and that is Holden Caulfield. Holden Caulfield is the phoniest because he lies about his name, he’s an hypocrite judges people for things he does as well, and he lied about his age so that he could drink alcohol. By way of example, Holden is a character in the book The Catcher in the Rye. Indeed, Holden was suffering and grieving from his brother’s death. Yet, Holden did not seem depressed he just was hurt, which turned him into a terrific liar. Particularly, in the book he states “I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful.” This quote is a confession of him being a liar. Holden lies about his name to a woman named Mrs. Morrow. In particular, he says “Rudolf Schmidt, I told her. I didn't feel like giving her my whole life story.” The name he gave her was the janitor's name at his school Pencey. This simply explains on how Holden completely lied about his name to a complete stranger. Even though Holden lies about his name that's not the only thing Holden lies about. Holden makes a big ordeal on how he hates how people repeat themselves and how people say things over and over again, which makes him a …show more content…

For instance, he bootlegs alcohol to get his fortune, he lies about his family, and he lies about his education. In particular,in the book he says that he's from Oxford when he's really from North Dakota.“I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West — all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford, because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years.”(39) This is clearly a lie because later he tells the truth.“It was in nineteen-nineteen, I only stayed five months. That’s why I can’t really call myself an Oxford man.”(99) Here, Gatsby lies then gets caught and tells the

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