Phony Catcher In The Rye

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In life, there are different kinds of people, with different perspectives on what is fair and how the world is supposed to work. Due to the many different perspectives of various people, when a person thinks that their life is not fair or they are the only right ones in the world, they are forced to live in their own reality, making their life seem bearable. In J.D. Salinger’s, Catcher in The Rye, Holden is a character who makes his own reality, in which he is a hero, and everyone around him, including most of his family, are phonies.
Holden’s antagonists in the book are phonies. In his world, he is surrounded by them, every other person is a phony. Most of the phonies he mentions in his life are successful, happy people, who Holden can not relate to because he has not had the same fortune. As Holden is talking to Mr. Spencer, she tells Holden he has met his parents and they are grand people. “Grand. There's a word I really hate. It's a phony. I could puke every time I hear it”(12). As Holden is talking to Mr. Spencer, he takes the time to point out how the word “grand” is phony, he has to do this in order for people to understand everything making up a phony. The type of people who would say “grand” are people who are literate and know how to speak. Holden thinking this word is a phony word, could represent anything, Holden is inclined to do or say could be defined as phony in his opinion.
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Even though some people may have different expectations for themselves and for others, if one person calls everyone around them a phony, the chances are that the real phony would be them. Whenever someone is alone in their thoughts or beliefs, and different from everyone else around them, they may be living in their own reality. Not realizing it may just be the tipping point, causing them to melt down, leading to the