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How do Holdens Interactions with different Characters in New York Contribute to his Mental Breakdown The different characters that Holden meets in New York contribute to his mental breakdown by increasing his depression and making him think about the world too much They make him wonder whether he wants to be an adult People that depress him are phonies perverts and corrupted adults Children on the other hand make Holden happy with their innocence He does not want to grow up to be phony and corrupted but he wants to be able to have some adult respect and not to be looked down on as a kid Phonies depress Holden because he does not want to be like them when he grows up One of the phony characters is Sally Hayes Holden first thinks she is a phony when she says the word grand Grand If theres one word I hate its grand Its so phony pg 106 Holden is very worried about people being phonies It depresses him even more if someone his age is already a phony During his stay in New York Holden sees and meets many perverted adults The first ones Holden sees from his window in the Edmont Hotel He first sees a man dressing up in womens clothes then walking around his room like a woman and looking at himself in the mirror This sight makes Holden feel sort of sick and depressed Then he sees a man and woman squirting water into each others mouths first hed take a swallow and squirt it all over her then she did it to him-they took turns for Gods sake pg 62 There are so many perverts in Holdens hotel that it makes him think that a great part of adult society is like this Holden is disgusted by their actions and he does not want to be like them Holden also comes into contact with corrupted adults when he
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