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In the novel The Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger uses many symbols to describe or characterize Holden Caulfield For example Holden uses the word phony many times to describe other people when in reality he himself is a phony Another symbol that is used throughout the novel to characterize Holden is the hunting hat he had just purchased in New York City The hat represents Holdens awkwardness it does not fit in with the environment nor does he Throughout the novel JD Salinger uses symbols to characterize Holden in a very unique way and to get a better perception of the world in which he lives inThe root of Holdens problem is that he is desperate to find a missing link Holden is desperately trying to escape avoid becoming a phony He sees all these phonies around him at the schools he goes to at the theaters people he doesnt even knowin the people he knows and people he reads about For example when Holden is at the train station waiting for the train to arrive he comments on his situationIf Im on a train at night I can usually even read one of those dumb stories in a magazine without puking You know One of those stories with a lot of phony lean-jawed guys named David in it and a lot of of phony girls named Linda or Marcia that are always lighting all the goddamn Davids pipes for them pg 58He figures the only way he is going to escape from becoming like that is to defy the rules and be as opposite from a phony as possible At the same time he has trouble being true to himself because he gets very lonely in the process He keeps coming back to these phonies that he hates just because he needs some companionship He cannot find the happy medium between phony and genuineAnother plight that Holden is facing is that no
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