Catcher In The Rye Phony Quotes

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Socializing Up the Wrong Tree In J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield is a cynical teen in the middle of a mental break down. Holden finds imperfections in just about every person he meets using his favorite descriptive adjective: phony. Holden is clearly lonely and is constantly seeking companionship but is always held back by his opinions and indecisiveness. Holden judges people based on his opinions and therefore preventing him from bonding with the average “phony”. Holden wants to connect with people but can't, even when he has perfectly good opportunities. Often, Holden can’t get to the point of reaching out at all. His indecision takes over at all the key moments. There are scenes in which Holden wants to talk or…show more content…
I felt like giving somebody a buzz. I left my bags right outside the booth so that I could watch them, but as soon as I was inside, I couldn’t think of anybody to call up... Then I thought of giving Jane Gallagher’s mother a buzz and find out when Jane’s vacation started, but I didn’t feel like it. Besides, it was pretty late to call up. Then I thought of calling this girl I used to go around with quite frequently, Sally Hayes... but I was afraid her mother’d answer the phone” (59) Holden knows he wants to call someone, but ends up interdicting all his options. The proof is evident as with every name Holden thinks of, he can find a good reason in his opinion not to call them. After 20 minutes he finally steps out of the phone booth without calling anyone. He wishes he could communicate with someone but he just can’t get a definite answer from his seesaw of thoughts. Although Holden usually can’t even get a legitimate conversation started, when he does, he usually gets the short end of the stick. Holden tries to flirt with the girls in the lavender room but they completely ignore him making even more depressed and annoyed than he already

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