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The protagonist Holden Caulfield interacts with many peoplethroughout JD Salingers novel The Catcher in the Rye but probablynone have as much impact on him as certain members of his immediatefamily The ways Holden acts around or reacts to the various members ofhis family give the reader a direct view of Holdens philosophysurrounding each member How do Holdens different opinions of hisfamily compare and do his views constitute enough merit to be deemedHolden makes reference to the word phony forty-four separate timesthroughout the novel Corbett 68-73 Each time he seems to bereferring to the subject of this metaphor as -- someone whodiscriminates against others is a hypocrite about something or hasmanifestations of conformity Corbett 71 Throughout The Catcher inthe Rye Holden describes and interacts with various members of hisfamily The way he talks about or to each gives you some idea ofwhether he thinks they are phony or normal A few of his accountsmake it more obvious than others to discover how he classifies eachFrom the very first page of the novel Holden begins to refer to hisparents as distant and generalizes both his father and mother frequentlythroughout his chronicle One example is my parents would haveabout two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything personal about them Theyre quite touchy about anything like that especially my father Theyre nice and all Im not saying that but theyre also touchy ashell Salinger 1 Holdens father is a lawyer and therefore heconsiders him phony because he views his fathers occupationunswervingly as a parallel of his fathers personality For examplewhen Holden is talking to Phoebe about what he wants to be when he growsup he cannot answer her question and proceeds to give her his opinionLawyers are all right I guess but it doesnt appeal to me Isaid I mean theyre all right if they go around saving innocentguys lives all the time and like that but you dont do that kind ofstuff if youre a lawyer All you
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