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The Catcher in the Rye: Is Holden a Phony?

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Bailey Smith

on 13 January 2014

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Transcript of The Catcher in the Rye: Is Holden a Phony?

Cab Driver
Holden Caulfield
Who Am I?
The Catcher in the Rye: Is Holden a Phony?
"'I don't know, and I don't give a damn. How 'bout sitting
or something, Ackley kid?'" (21)
"'Jane Gallahger...Jesus H. Christ'" (31)
“Where [do] they go?” (60)
"I hate...when I'm with somebody that's corny, I always act corny too" (60)
Is Holden really a
? Can anyone truly be a
Psychoanalytically speaking
Religiously speaking
Technically speaking
If so, what is the true definition?
What was J.D Salinger's purpose of putting this, the idea of being a phony, into the novel?
Did he want his reader's to take his writing into a deeper meaning rather than just reading it and throw it away?
Does this have anything to do with Salinger's personal life?
Mr. Spencer
Mrs. Morrow
Nuns (at restaurant bar)
Sally Hayes
Carl Luce
Mr. Antolini
Who Is Holden "
" With?
"I swung the conversation around to general topics and asked where they were going." (110)
"To tell you the truth, it was sort of embarrassing, in a way..." (111)
“I told her I loved her...I meant it when I said it." (125)
"'stop screaming'" (132)
"I had to sit there and listen to that crap. It certainly was a dirty trick" (11)
"'No sir! I certainly don't,'" (12)
"not real or genuine"
If others, besides Holden, are phonies, which Holden constantly avows, than they need to be "not real or genuine" comparetively speaking to something that is "not real or genuine", such as a person, place, or thing. It is obviously reasonable to use Holden since he is the one accusing many of being this. So
is Holden a phony? Or are we all phonies?
Mr. Spencer
Mrs. Morrow
Cab Driver
Sally Hayes
Carl Luce
Mr. Antolini
""I know he does,'...Then I started shooting the old crap around a little bit" (55)
"Then I started to read this timetable I had in my pocket. Just to stop lying." (58)
"I stood up when I ordered them so they could see how tall I was and all and not think I was a goddam minor" (142)
"'Naturally, you're mind is immature'" (147)
"And the funny part is she knows, half the time, what the hell you're talking about" (168)
"'You don't like anything that happens'" (169)
"'I know. I'm very hard to talk to. I realize that.'" (186)
"Then, all of a sudden, I yawned. What a
rude bastard
, but I couldn't help it!" (190)
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