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Holdens inability to stay consistent with his own ideals shows how childish he really is In The Catcher in the Rye Instead of acknowledging that adulthood scares and confuses him Holden invents a fantasy that adulthood is a world of superficiality and hypocrisy The presence of this separate world is shown through the countless times in the book that he contradicts himself One such contradiction is his hatred for the movies but the fact that he still goes to see movies fairly regularly and even uses different movie themes to somehow express how hurt he is show his commonly contradictory nature If theres one thing I hate its the movies Dont even mention them to me Later he from makes plans to go to the movies and pretends to be an actor who had just gotten shot in the gut Holdens ways of describing the adult world are especially interesting Phoniness is one of Holdens favorite concepts It is his catch all for describing the superficiality hypocrisy pretension and shallowness that he encounters in the world around him Although Holden uses so much energy searching for phoniness in others he never directly observes his own phoniness His deceptions are generally pointless and cruel and he notes that he is a compulsive liar Life is a game boy Life is a game that one plays according to the rules Yes sir I know it is I know it Game my ass Some game If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are then its a game all rightIll admit that But if you get on the other side where there arent any hot-shots then whats a game about it Nothing No game Holdens clear separation between sides in life implying that the only way to play life as a game is to cheat it shows that as a child he cant be expected to win anything without being deceitful in doing it Yet
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