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In JD Salingers The Catcher in the Rye there is a strong theme of ostracization and hypocrisy Holden is portrayed as a teenager who is exiled form many social events that take place at his school On the evening of the big football game he was supposed to attend a fencing meet with the team However they were unable to go because he had forgotten the equipment in the subway When he finally gets back to school however he doesnt go watch the game instead he says I was standing way the hell up on top of Thomas HillYou could see the whole field from therepractically the whole school was there except me pg 2 Even though Holden would have still been able to go to the game he didnt because he had no one to go with Since Holden is treated as an outcast and has no friends he is able to observe the people around him When he attended Elkton Hills for example he noticed that the headmaster Mr Haas was a hypocrite because when he was introduced to the students parents he would only have long conversations with them if they were wealthy and good-looking Holden describes this when he says Hed be charming as hell and all Except if some boy had little old funny-looking parents pg 14 Therefore Holden has a problem when trying to socialize with his peers but also recognizes when someone has a false pretense Since Holden was never able to identify with people his own age he was forced to find other ways of socializing Holden explicates The other reason I wasnt down at the game was because I was on my way to say good-by to old Spencer my history teacher pg 13 Mr Spencer was Holdens only good friend because he looked out for him Spencer tries to give him advice about life when he tells him Life is a game boy Life
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