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In JD Salingers Catcher in the Rye Holden is a character in denial He greatly dislikes phonies and even though he too carries the characteristics of a phony he refuses to admit to himself that he is a phony as well as the rest of them In Holdens point of view phonies are those people who lack innocence have already matured and metaphorically speaking phonies are those people who have fallen off the cliff of childhood Although Holden shows much dislike for phonies in reality he is a phony himself Throughout the novel Holden uses the word phony numerous times As the novel begins to progress the reader can finally understand the actual meaning of the word itself Phoniness is the generic term that Holden uses to cover all manifestations of cant hypocrisy and speciosity Corbett 178 By observing the way Holden uses the word phony the reader can see that in each situation the word is used it is in some way connected with society adults places and the variety of lifestyles For example Holden is constantly surrounded by adults and it just kills him He wont show it most of the time but he will keep it to himself that the person he is dealing with at the moment is a phony The situation usually makes him feel uncomfortable and he would even sacrifice his good time to get out of the situation A good example of this would be when Holden is sitting at a bar alone and suddenly is encountered by Lillian Simmons his older brothers ex girlfriend After Id told her I had to meet somebody I didnt have any goddam choice except to leave I couldnt even stick around to hear old Ernie play something halfway decent But I certainly wasnt going to sit down at a table with old Lillian Simmons and that Navy guy and be bored to death Salinger 87 In short the
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