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Holden's Thoughts Essay

  • Submitted by: Grace123G
  • on January 5, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 475 words

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In Catcher in the Rye Holden describes many objects, items, and numerous people as being phony. He calls movies, his old teacher Spencer, and even his own brother D.B phony along with other things throughout his story. In Holden’s story Holden goes through a lot of adventures as well as many different thoughts and ideas that rush through his mind. Holden sees a lot of people and experiences a lot of difficult feelings that he doesn't understand so much, but he does understand the world of phony. What is phony? And most of all what is phoniness in Holden’s mind?
Holden’s thoughts on life are simple. Either something is good or bad; true or false; real or “phony”. When Holden uses the word “phony”, he seems to be describing people that are prejudice, hypocrites or insincere. It seems to be a way for Holden to justify how the world is a bad place and to grow up and leave adolescents behind is a very bad thing. For Holden, phoniness seems to be a characteristic of mostly adults around him. Childhood seems to be pure but adulthood seems to be full of bad things such as insecurity, or phoniness through Holden’s struggle with the passage from one stage of his life and into another.
To me phoniness is someone who acts fake a.k.a two-faced. Phoniness is adults, kids, and even little children who act one way in front of certain people and another way in front of other people. When I see phoniness from Holden’s perspective I can kind of see Holden’s point. I can agree that Holden’s definition of phoniness and my definition of phoniness at some point crosses on the same imaginary line for some brief moments but Holden’s meaning on phoniness means more to him and is clearer to Holden then my average thoughts of phoniness. One thing I am clear about (to me) is that the world IS phony. If you think about it, we are truly granted one thing that is 100% possible to happen without a doubt to everyone in this world. That, my friend, is Death. Everyone is granted death no matter...

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