Phoniness, Decit, Hypocrisy in "The Catcher in the Rye"
Hi, i'm Holden Caufield and the story The Catcher in the Rye is about my lousy life and all. I go to Pency, where everyone is just phonies. My adventure begins after sneaking out of Pency and go around town, staying at hotels, going to bars and all. Anyway, no one is really honest, we're all just a bunch of phonies.
Holden meeting Ernest's mother on the train.
I must tell Ernest we met. May I ask your name, dear?
Holden hiding from his parents when they got back home from a night out as Holden went to visit Phoebe.
I grabbed my shoes and got in the closet and shut the door. Boy my heart was beating like a Bastard.
I was warm enough. I just couldnt sleep.
Why are you awake, may I ask? Were you warm enough?
The Catcher in the Rye represents the theme of phoniness by Holden constantly lying, and him believing everyone else is a phony. Hes hypocritical in a way that he says things people do are so phony, yet does it himself.
During this scene, Holden tells Ernest mother that his name was Rudolf Schmidt because he didnt want to tell her his real name and his "life history". Rudolf Schmidt is the Janitor in the dorms at Pency
During this scene, Holden went to visit Phoebe a couple nights before he was supposed to get out of Pency for a while. Phoebe covered for Holden while their mother came into DB's room seeing what Phoebe was doing awake.