Salinger 's The Gifts Of Imperfection

1142 Words Nov 1st, 2014 5 Pages
Brené Brown, esteemed author of The Gifts of Imperfection, has previously expressed, “Authenticity is the choice to let our true selves be seen.” In other words, Brown depicts how the desire of conveying how one feels determines their authenticity, or “true self”. In J.D. Salinger’s fiction novel Catcher in the Rye, Salinger illustrates the double-edged effects of Holden’s beliefs on authenticity by his usage of the word, “phony”. The novel is narrated by a young adolescent named Holden Caulfield who becomes guilty of expulsion from school and embarks on a journey through New York City. There, he meets many unique people, a majority to which he assumes as phonies, immediately questioning their authenticity. His character development is depicted by utilizing the effects on Holden from the word “phony” and the interaction of phony people, or “phonies”. Throughout Catcher in the Rye, Holden’s perspective on the world and adults being phonies slowly changes from the many forms of life he has been exposed to. In the beginning of the book, Holden introduces us and defines the word, “phony”. Holden appears to classify someone as a phony by how they act in public toward their peers and superiors. As Holden brings up the topic of Pencey Prep while introducing himself, he significantly mentions a girl named Selma Turner, the headmaster of Pencey Prep’s daughter. Although little is mentioned about her, he brings up what he liked about her by appraising, “She didn’t give you a lot of…
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