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Irony in catcher in the rye

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justin damon

on 21 March 2013

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Transcript of Irony in catcher in the rye

by J.D. Salinger Catcher in the rye "Phonies" Holden says that everyone is a phony while in chapter 17 he goes out with sally while he doesn't really like her, but he acts like he does. by doing this he himself has become a phony by acting nice towards people he despises. He even ends up telling sally he wants to marry her when he doesn't even like her. That is ironic because he said he didn't like her yet wants to run away with her.
"I told her I loved her and all. It was a lie of course, but i meant it when I said it." (page 125 chapter 17) His little sister is smarter than a drop out Holden's sister phoebe talks about the consequences about getting kicked out of Pency and how it would effect others and himself while Holden didn't think about it. Also she acts much more mature than Holden although she is many years younger than him. In many ways it seems that his little sister is much wiser than him.
An example of this is when he returns home(page 158)he met and talked with his little sister, they got into an argument and phoebe was winning while he was trying to "weasel" his way out of it. Adulthood Holden is afraid of becoming an adult but he does everything an adult would do. He puts on a teenage act but really deep down he knows hes becoming an adult. He doesn't want that so he puts on an act to seem like a teenager instead of a young adult. This is ironic because while he is afraid of adulthood he is bringing himself closer by drinking and smoking. Irony in Catcher in the Rye by Justin Damon Ironic In conclusion, there is much irony in the book, Catcher in the Rye, for Holden makes many incidents that make it ironic about himself. Such as his idea about "phonies" and being an adult. I believe that Holden is just avoiding the inevitable outcome of becoming an adult or what he despises most. Holden is acting out of spite and anger towards himself and others about becoming a adult. Holden is just unleashing his pent up aggression on the world around him.
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