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1: Holden Caulfield; the phony hypocrite main character of Catcher in the Rye.. Throughout the book we are taken on a two day journey in his pessimistic perspective of life and everyone around him, including himself. What we learn about him is how desperately lonely he is and how afraid he is of the reality of growing up. He is trying to hold on to what he sees as his innocence, but he has mistake it for blindness | Holden Caulfield

2: Phoebe Caulfield is the younger sister of Holden but also serves to juxtapose Holden and his childish and immature behavior. While Holden is trying to get back to his innocent childhood, there is Phoebe who is there to show him that his idea of an innocent childhood can't always be held true. Despite the four school he was kicked out of and his loss of faith in himself, Phoebe knows he can do better and she encourages him all the way | Phoebe Caulfield

3: Mr. Antolini is one of Holden's former teachers at Elkton High School. Although Holden finds him "phony" along with every other adult, he actually considers his advice. Antolini is different because he helps Holden disregarding his teacher authority,. He recognizes his suffering and issues and tells him that it's important to get an education, not be part of a conformity but to find out what's unique about him and to apply them in ways that are most appropriate for himself | Mr. Antolini

4: Each of the images represents a significant setting in the book. It is pretty evident that Holden is a lonely kid and there are times when he randomly meets up with people for company or to make his | lonely life look less pathetic. With the old friends he meets up with, he ends up insulting them due to his insecure wall he puts up of bitterness, even though what Holden really needs is compassion and love. He pushes people | away because he also thinks he is better than everyone else.

5: One of the important themes in Catcher in the Rye is coming of age, and that is something Holden tried to avoid throughout the book. . When he goes to visit the Museum of Natural History he find the glass displays very appealing. The symbolism behind them is that they are unchanging. And he also brings up that fact that every time he's visited the museum he has changed in some way, and he's troubled by this because the museum represents his ideal world. "Certain things they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone. I know that's impossible, but it's too bad anyway."

6: The baseball glove belongs to his younger brother Allie who pasted away, he holds on to it and brings it every where he goes as a reminder of his brother who he was very fond of. Allie wrote poems on the glove so he wouldn't get bored when he wasn't pitching. The King chess piece represents an old tradition he had with an old friend, Sally Hayes. She would always keep her king piece in the back row, and that is brought up a couple times in the book. These two memories are very important and they are ideas that represent Holden's emotional expression, which as a reader, you don't really see a lot.

7: Holden is famous for his usage of the word "phony" on every other page in the book. When reading this book the word "phoniness" is broken into two words; lies and deception. Holden defines people as phony because of the way they seem to think they're something they are not, and who feel they are so much better than every one else to acknowledge their weaknesses. The thing about Holden's idea about others is full of hypocrisy. He even calls himself a liar and with that it only shows us his | own self deception. Through his lies he never takes a second to consider how they might effect the people involved, and he only proves thats he is just as guilty of being phony as the people he criticizes. "I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible."

8: The last scene of the book is of Holden watching his little sister ride the carousel while he stands and watches. Phoebe offered him to ride with her but he rejected. The fact that he didn't go on the carousel shows that Holden has learned to accept "adulthood" | and has grown up by not going on it. When he says, "That’s the nice thing about carousels, they always play the same songs." it brings up the same idea of Holden wanting everything to stay the same. But at the end, watching the carousel, he realizes that that is just a childish fantasy that will keep going around and around, never going anywhere.

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