Interpretive Analysis : ' The Catcher Rye '

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Gaby Yonarta Mrs. Johns English 3-4 (H), Period 5 17 August 2015 Part I: Interpretive Analysis The Catcher in the Rye 1. Although Holden so passionately despise “phonies”, he himself can be categorized as a “phony”. By definition, a phony individual is someone who is fraudulent and hypocritical and while there are a lot of “phonies” in the world, what Holden does not realize is that he himself is an even bigger “phony” than the people he accuse of being “phonies”. In his mind, he imagines a utopia where people aren’t corrupt from greed, lies, alcohol, and lust. But the world he lives in is full of all of the above, and Holden’s hatred towards society is the foundation of his hatred towards “phonies”. He hates the phoniness that exists in the world, and that society is run by adults. He does not trust adults because does not understand them; adults are responsible for every part of their lives and his immature mind cannot grasp the concept of responsibility. Holden is a phony for being disgusted when he encounters a curse word written in a school bathroom, yet he himself curses often. When he visited his little sister Phoebe in the middle of the night and he was describing what Pencey was like, Phoebe interrupted him to tell him to “Don’t swear so much,” (Salinger, 168). But when he was at Phoebe’s school, he says, “...While I was sitting down, I saw something that drove me crazy. Somebody’d written “Fuck you” on the wall. It drove me damn near crazy,” (201). It drove him

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