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Phoniness/Deceit/Hypocrisy in "The Catcher in the Rye"
Hi I'm Holden Caulfield, I dropped out of 4 highschools in my life already. I'm at Pencey Prep now but I hate it here. I'm going to leave this school but I am not going home just yet .
Scene 1: Holden and Sunny are sitting in his hotel room
"Thanks a lot. Maurice said five for a throw" (Salinger 109)
"This is a five. It cost ten" (Salinger 109)
Scene 2: Sunny and Maurice show back up to Holden's room
"No, you're no crooks. You're just stealing five" (Salinger 115)
"Lets have it, chief. You owe us five bucks" (Salinger 114)
The world is full of phony things and we assume things are phony but maybe we are the ones that are phony because we can't handle the way life is going. Deceit is always in people. People are deceitful because they want to get out of something fast and they don't want anything bad to happen to them.
During this scene Holden hires a prostitute from Maurice and he doesn't do anything, he just talks to her. Then he underpays her and she leaves.
Maurice is angry at Holden for underpaying Sunny. Sunny reaches into Holden's wallet and takes the money while Maurice punches him.
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