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The novel starts off with Holden isolated on the top of a hill watching his schools football game He is getting kicked out of Pencey Prep because he hasnt been trying hard and his grades arent where they are supposed to be Holden reflects on how his peers are phony and fake and he continues to judge people throughout the novel when he goes to New York and reflects upon events that occurred in his life Throughout the midst of Holden perceiving adulthood as being a sea of negativity there is one person who gives him a wake up call Phoebe Phoebe serves as Holdens confidante within the novel because she changes his viewpoint that the adult world is full of phony fake impure people who cannot be trusted in juxtaposition to her personality and epitome of innocence in Holdens eyes JD Salinger presents a confidante within the novel as a catalyst that helps Holden understand that preserving childhood is unrealistic Phoebe opens his eyes to the reality of growing up and becoming an adult Phoebe is a Greek term for sunshine and the meaning of her name is equivalent to that of her personality and her function in Holdens life She is his sunshine and she is the only person that he cant trust and confide with Phoebe helps turn the tables for Holden who is consistently visualizing childhood and adulthood as a constant battle She brings to him an essence of reality and that childhood versus adulthood isnt a battle but rather an integration that is the reality of life Towards the beginning and middle of the novel Holden meets a lot of people who truly wish the best for him and what him to succeed in life but he is very captious of them and he constantly narrates something negative about the But there is a change in his tone of narration when he goes to his apartment and sees
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