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As Holden Caulfield states on page sixteen of The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger Im the most terrific liar you ever saw in your lifeIts terrible But his lies are not used for simple reasons--he uses deceptive techniques in order to escape personal relations After the death of his brother Allie Holden alienates himself to prevent personal bonds When his self-inflicted alienation is threatened by attempts at personal connection Holden uses lying and deception as ways to keep him from feeling the same pain he felt after Allie died which prevents personal situations Due to Holdens dislike for situations on the personal level in The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger he decides to lie and deceive everyone in order to direct attention away from himself prevent others from revealing his own faults and to keep himself out of trouble Holden Caulfield uses lying and deception as a way out of personal situations in order to direct attention away from himself Frequently Holden is asked questions that are too personal for him to answer For example Holden lies to Ackley when he asks too many questions about what the fight between him and Stradlater was about Holden lies and tells Ackley the fight was over him although it was actually about the events of Stradlaters date with Jane Gallagher This got Ackley excited and the subject quickly became Ackley and not Holden Holden uses a similar measure of deception in his talk with Mrs Morrow When Mrs Morrow notices Holdens Pencey Prep sticker on his suitcase she asks him some personal questions such as if he likes Pencey or not Instead of answering fully Holden starts to explain her son Ernests fine yet false qualities When he states You take somebodys mother all they want to hear about is what a hot-shot their son is it hints at the transfer of attention to Mrs Morrow and her interest in
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