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In The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger the main character HoldenCaulfield demonstrates his life struggles between being a phony and agood person The story begins when Holden is watching the football gamefrom the top of the hill at his high school Pencey Prep Just likeother schools Holden has attended he is being kicked out because he isfailing four of his subjects Holden is at a constant battle withhimself and his character and often describes himself as sad anddepressed Holden is so critical of phonies throughout the novel but isnothing but a phony himself which portrays hypocrisy and many importantthings about his character He doesnt live up to the standards he hasfor others and is not as perfect as he wants to be To begin Holden is critical of many things but they cause him tocontradict himself and become a hypocrite He is very critical of thehigh school he goes to Pencey and also of the phonies that are thereHe talks about the advertisements shown in magazines about Pencey andsays They advertise in about a thousand magazines always showing somehot-shot guy on a horse jumping over a fence Like as if all you everdid at Pencey was play polo all the time Salinger 2 Everything aboutthe stereotypes of students at Pencey bothers Holden and he is criticalof them because he feels as if they are all phonies trying too hard tobe better than everyone else Holden is also critical of the discrepancybetween what appears on the surface and what really exists One of thepeople Holden thinks is a perfect example of this discrepancy is hisroommate Stradlater Holden says I mean he was mostly a Year Bookkind of handsome guy Salinger 27 Holden thinks that Stradlaterappears to be what everyone thinks he is but really he isnt any betterthan the rest of the boys at Pencey Holden is critical of the waysociety and everyone else around him acts and assumes that what they seeis what
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