Catcher in the Rye

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  • Phoniness, hypocrisy, and Deceit are common themes present in "The Catcher in the Rye" 
  • "If you want to know the truth, I don't know why I started all that stuff with her. I mean about going away somewhere, to Massachusetts and Vermont and I probably wouldn't've taken her even if she wanted to go with. The terrible part, though, is that I meant it when I asked her. That's the terrible part. I swear to God I'm a madman"(pg149). 
  • Scene 1
  • "That annoyed me for some reason. "Oh Christ. Don't spoil it," I said. "I'm twelve for chrissake. I'm big for my age"(pg 81). 
  • "Hey--How old are you, anyhow?"(pg 81).
  • Scene 2
  • "It isn't very serious. I have this tiny little tumor on the brain"(pg 65). "Then I started reading this timetable I had in my pocket. Just to stop lying. Once I get started, I can go on for hours if I feel like it. No kidding. Hours"(pg 65).
  • Holden mentions his hatred for phony's but he was a hypocrite because he often lies and is very deceitful.  
  • He lies to the girl in the bar about his age when they are dancing and gets annoyed when she asks. He was being a phony. 
  • He was talking to the mother of a kid from Pencey named Ernest Morrow and among many other lies told on the train that night, he lied about having a tumor. 
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