Holden's Phonies In Catcher In The Rye

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In “The Catcher in the Rye,” the main character in the story is Holden Caulfield who is a very confused little high school boy. He has a hatred for phonies, perverts, and occasionally screwballs, even though he is all these things. In a way he is just a hypocrite. But the phonies and perverts are a recurring theme in “The Catcher in the Rye.” Phony is a word that Holden likes to use to describe most of the adults. He calls most of the adults’ phonies because he believes that adults will eventually become phonies no matter what happens to them. The word phony first appears when Holden is with Old Spencer talking about Holden’s bad grades. It’s when Spencer calls Holden’s parents grand people. Holden says “Grand. There’s a word I really hate.

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