Holden in Catcher in the Rye

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Can we trust Holden? Throughout the book, Holden constantly talks about others. He criticized others about being hypocrites when he continually says what he wants to do but doesn't do it. Everything he says in his book can we really depend on it? His views of phonies, sex/relationship, and talks about Jane, makes us hard to believe what he says is true or not. Holden stated constantly that he hates phonies. He view basically everyone in his life as phonies except for children. He thinks that they are innocent and in order for them not to be corrupt, they shouldn't grow up to be adults. "That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all."(173) He wants to save all the children from becoming adults. But really are adults that bad? He is a young adult himself. Basically he's admitting to himself that he's a phony too because he has already seen all the corruption. Throughout the book, Holden can't stop thinking about Jane. He likes Jane and he has this little crush on her. When Stradlater took Jane on a date, Holden was jealous as hell. He started thinking that Stradlater is a phony just because he went out with her. When he left the school, he keeps planning to call her. But many times he doesn't have the courage to do what he says. "I started toying with the idea, while I kept standing there, f giving old Jane a buzz... I wasn't in the mood." (63) Jane, in the book, never shows up. He could be just lying that there is someone called Jane. Can we really think that she is real? Holden could just be making her up to make it seems like he has someone. Holden decided to lose his virginity to a prostitute. He states himself that he takes sex and relationship seriously like when the incident with Stradlater and Jane. He feels that sex and relationship shouldn't be something that you mess around with and that it has to be meaningful. But later, he

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