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What does phony mean to you Do you consider it something that is not what it really seems Or even something or someone that isnt normal in all ways or just in some Phony is one of the words in the English literature that can have an endless amount of interpretations Can be being phony possibly hinder an attempt to accomplish a task to fully function mentally Can phony delay an individuals maturing period In JD Salingers Catcher in the Rye Holdens phony phobia restricts him from becoming a fully matured adult In Holdens attempted journey in becoming a fully matured adult he encounters many scenarios involving friendships personal opinions and his love of children His journey is an unpleasant and difficult one with many lessons learned along the way Holden possesses abnormal relationships with some of the characters in Catcher in the Rye Many of his friends and those he talks highly about are young children He does not make any negative comments about these companions and there is no mention whatsoever of phony Holden has a strong relationship with Phoebee his younger sister Holden vocalizes about the fact Phoebee can visit him anytime in the summer What Id do Id let old Phoebee came out and visit me in the summertime and on Christmas vacation and Easter vacation 205 Holden shows a solid liking to his sister and is always wanting her by his side He finds a hard time associating with older mature individuals Also a strong relationship with Allie his deceased younger brother is apparent due to the twenty references in the novel In fact most of Holdens fondest memories are of those times with his younger siblings His comments of innocence help establish this connection Someone who is trying to learn the stages of developing into a mature adult would not develop as soon or as fully when spending their time solely with those who are five to seven years
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