Theme Of Phony In Catcher In The Rye

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary a phony is someone who is not real or fake. In the novel The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger, Holden the protagonist has mental standards genuine people and if they are not met he goes as far as to label them phonies. Holden continuously labels individuals as phony, but he himself I guilty of phoniness creating a theme of hypocrisy. An instant of when his hypocrisy is seen is when he calls Mr. has phony, for using people to his advantage. Another example is when Holden calls his brother D.B a phony for wasting money. Lastly, Holden calls Marty phony for lying. Due to his ideology, phoniness is something he expects everywhere he goes, although he carries it with himself. Holden calls Mr. Hass phony for using people to his advantage. Yet in the novel Holden uses multiple individuals to get what he wants, making it hypocritical to call Mr. Haas phony. An example of this action is when Holden uses Ackley,…show more content…
I hardly ever went over to his room. It always had a funny stink in it, because he was crumby in his personal habits… “Listen”, [Holden] said, “do you feel like playing a little Canasta?” He was a Canasta fiend. . . “Hey”, [Holden] said, “is it ok if I sleep in Ely’s bed tonight? He won’t be back till tomorrow night, will he?” I knew damn well he wouldn’t. Ely went home damn near every week end. “I don’t know when the hell he’s coming back,” Ackley said. Boy did that annoy me… “You’re a prince Ackley kid,” [Holden] Said “You know that?”… “You’re a real prince. You’re a gentleman and a scholar, kid,”… “What the hell was the fight about anyhow?’ Ackley said, for about the fifth time. He certainly was a bore about that. “About you,” I said. “About me, for Chrissake?” Yeah I was defending your goddamn honor… That got him exited “He did? No kidding? He did?” I told him I was only kidding, and then I went over and laid down on Ely’s bed
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