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VALUES VANISH INTO THIN AIR The Catcher in the Rye negatively criticizes societys way of living and the American Dream most people look for their whole life although for the majority of the people this remains a utopia just out of reach Modern society very nearly lost both its ideals and its sense of direction We have developed into a society of phony philistines All of society is based on a superficiality which makes it impossible for Holden to find real friends and depresses him Only Phoebe really understands Holden because he can communicate with her without being superficial However whenever he really wants to discuss his problems with anyone they turn away from him For instance when he asks the taxi driver about the ducks in the Central Park Horwitz tells him it is a stupid thing pg826 to ask The meeting with Sally is another typical example Sally does not understand his views and arguments or why he wants to abandon both his family and New York City for a lonely life in the country Actually she often does not even know what he is talking aboutpg13189 She sees everything much more realistically and knows his plans will not work and finally she refuses to go with him pg130-134 Also the conservation with Carl Luce which is shortly after the meeting with Sally ends with Carl advising Holden to see a psychologist after Holden tried to conduct a serious conservation pg143-149 His conservations show that Holden is a critical thoughtful teenager who seriously thinks about things but he does not fit into this society This character dissociates him from other teenagers and even many adults who live solely on their superficiality and societys whim Money and success have become the most important values of an American society searching for the utopian American Dream that was an integral part of the American propaganda machine during and before
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