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The 1950s was a decade filled with turmoil confusion and hypocrisy Holden can be seen as a by-product of that not as the classic oddball he is depicted as This is Salingers way of critiquing the culture The time period in which Holden grew up was full of hypocrisy and phoniness which Holden saw right through He didnt but into this theory and thus it made him different Thus the hypocritical society Holden grew up in changed his personality One example of this hypocrisy can be seen in the relationship between the sexes Women were so afraid to be left single in society that they would resort to drastic measures to ensure security It was most important for women to get married those who remained single were looked down upon This led women into marrying almost any man even if they were not truly in love Men in turn took advantage of this and often demanded sex from women and in turn offered them security and took their hands in marriage Men too were supposed to get married and live this perfect happy lifestyle but there was more pressure on the women Holden sees through this theme and doesnt buy into it He respects the rights of women and loves them for who they are not just for sexual purposes This caused Holdens love life to become very limited as he could not find a girl with the same beliefs as his He was the rebel without a cause and was practically alone on his mission No one can see the world the same as he can which isolates Holden from people and he does not develop many friends It is not his classmates fault that they wont become friends with him as they too are byproducts of the society This is evident in his relationship with Sally Hayes and his friendship with Jane Sally Hayes for example just thought Holden Crazy every time he
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