"The catcher in the rye" by j. d. salinger

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The Catcher in the Rye

When many scholars discuss the catcher in the rye sever main themes are always present in their discussion. These repeating themes are highly evolved and may even have been over evaluated. Also with each theme several variations of how the theme is developed are in addition presented. One of these themes is the way Holden considers much of the world and the people in it "phony". This word "phony" is used many times in the novel to describe how Holden sees others. This is relevant because Holden himself is more "phony" than anyone he meets and is always contradicting himself. The second major theme is how Holden's persona is created through other characters interactions with Holden.

While Holden is a very different child he is also a very complex one. The way his views have been obscured by those around him has led Holden to believe that he is the only truth and that there are very few "nice" people in this world.

Many people have analyzed Holden's ideas and have taken his word as what is real and they do not understand that Holden has an obscured vision of the surrounding world, this blinds them from seeing "Holden's grave deficiencies as a person."(Edwards, 1977) While Holden is a very likeable character, which many people can at some point in the novel relate to, he is a deeply depressed youth who lives vicariously through those around him. This is because he represses the truth which keeps him from having a true self image. (Edwards, 1977) This ultimately leads many to think Holden cannot accurately describe his story and his own pitfalls, which he never admits to.

Holden never assumes responsibility for himself even though he has led himself to believe his life task is to...