The Catcher In The Rye: Themes And Symbols



The theme that the world has an outward appearance that seems fair and perfect
but really they're as Holden put it "phonies." This is shown countless amount of
times in his journey through New York and even before he left. The setting is in
the 1950's; so I'm pretty sure that he didn't encounter any transvestites,
lesbians, or anything that extreme of phoniest. Or on the other hand he could
have liked them for being as Elmemson said a "none conformist." But I doubt it,
he seemed to like kids more than anything. And his job, as he felt, was to
protect them in their innocents; of which I will talk about in my second theme.

The first example that stands out in my mind is the scene with ...

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about his face; but Stradlater thought that he was
a great guy. He actually thought that there was nothing wrong with never washing
his razor. I think that what mad, Holden so made Stradlater was perpetrating in
other word being "phony" every time he went out all GQ after using that filthy
razor. Another instance is when he calls that girl in New York, Faith Cavendish,
that Eddie Birdsell had brought to a dance at Princeton. Anyway he called her
and she almost went off until Holden drooped Eddie's name. Then all of a sudden
"she was getting friendly as hell." The same person said "if you think I enjoy
bein' woke up in the middle-" was "getting an english accent all of a sudden." I
think Holden caught her with her fa˙ade down. When she first picked up the phone
she was mad as anybody else would be in her shoes. But as soon as she processed
"Eddie Birdsell from Princeton" she became so amicable. She most of thought that
a friend of Eddie, from Princeton, most have been rich or ...

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I guest I have to
take back my sentence about transvestites in the opening paragraph. Second he
saw a couple squiring water and "they were in hysterics the whole time," a
little strange. You see the outside of the hotel represents what society is or
tries to be, all nice and neat. And the people acting silly in the rooms are
what we a really like. Im not saying we are all perverts but we all have two
different personalities; one outside and one inside closed doors.

Since I'm will into the second page and it's past my bed time or at lest it
feels like it is this is the last one for this theme. The one I had in mind is
the one the date he had with Sally. From the jump she was phony. Holden ...

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