Holden's Life Calling Everything Phony In Catcher In The Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye is not just about a boy going through life calling everything “phony”. It’s more so about Holden Caulfield dealing with the death of his brother. Rebelling his way through life is something that helps him deal with the death of his brother. Holden is truly struggling to “bury Allie before he can make the transition into adulthood”(74). Holden’s life changed forever when he was only at the tender age of 13; that's when his brother Allie died of leukemia. Since he hasn't accepted the death of his brother, emotionally he's still that same person that he was 4 years ago. His mom is too occupied in grieving over his brother Allie that she can't comfort Holden; that creates more of a downfall for Holden. He stated after the
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