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Phony Encounters In JD Salingers The Catcher in the Rye the protagonist Holden Caulfield critiques people for being deceptive or as he would say phony He uses the word phony to describe people that are false counterfeit or untrue to themselves Holden has a broad definition of the word phony Many characters in Holdens mind can be classified as phony in the novel For example his classmates at Pency Prep Elkton Hills people who use the word grand and showoffs are all considered phony because they try to be something that they are not As the novel progresses and as Holden comes closer to adulthood he undergoes a change that impacts the rest of his life Holden experiences new things that change his mind and give him a new outlook on life as he searches for people that are not phony Holdens realization suggests that only a few characters contain a level of integrity which classify them as not phony Holden gives the most respect to James Castle because he takes his life for a cause he believes in He also views adolescents and adults as phony because they generally do not abide by their beliefs when maturing Holden believes adolescents and adults want to create a self-image that will not be looked down upon by other adults so they change themselves and become phony Many times students try impressing one another by trying to be something they are not Holden critiques Pency Prep because it is an expensive prep school filled with Kogut 2 phonies Holden sees the school as phony because all the kids try to act the same in order to associate with the in crowd In an advertisement for the school it is written Since 1888 we have been molding boys into splendid clear thinking young men Salinger 2 Holden strongly disagrees with this quote because instead of teaching people to think for themselves Pency is molding
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