Phoniness, The True Face And The False Face in "Cather in the Rye" by Salinger

Essay by Danny LiHigh School, 10th gradeA+, December 1996

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What happen if everyone in the world is wearing a mask?

That is exactly what this world is; everyone wears a mask. Most

people we see every day have their true identity hidden behind a

facade. Although a true identity cannot be divulge just by looking,

but with a careful scrutiny of one's character will reveal to what

is behind the facade. Equivalent to what happened in J.D. Salinger's

novel The Catcher in the Rye.

Holden Caulfield, a typical teenager in the 50's with a

morally loose, rude and obscene personality. However, his rudeness is

just a mask that he uses to cover his decent, sympathetic, and mature

character inside. Throughout the entire story, Holden uses unchaste

language to offense himself. The use of these words may insult the

reader, but the truth is, he is building a facade so that he can obtain

the approval he feels they have oppose him thus far.

As a teenager,

the critical period of his life, Holden struggled to find the meaning

of life, and his survival, they easily depressed Holden demands their

company, even though he calls them 'phonies.' Holden is really a decent

and mature teenager, but he only hides behind the false front to obtain

the approval. In the meantime, he tries to find the meaning of his

existence. There's Holden's false front, a rude and without standard

teen, but what's behind it are important. A decent, sympathetic and

mature teen lies behind the mask. The only time he reveals these

distinctions is when he comes to some points and some people, especially

children. For example, when Holden decide to go to the west, he wrote

a note to Phoebe to tell her that meets him at the museum. While he

was waiting, there's two...