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Phoniness, The True Face And The False Face In "Cather In The Rye" By Salinger

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What happen if everyone in the world is wearing a mask?That is exactly what this world is; everyone wears a mask. Mostpeople we see every day have their true identity hidden behind afacade. Although a true identity cannot be divulge just by looking,but with a careful scrutiny of one's character will reveal to whatis behind the facade. Equivalent to what happened in J.D. Salinger'snovel The Catcher in the Rye.Holden Caulfield, a typical teenager in the 50's with amorally loose, rude and obscene personality. However, his rudeness isjust a mask that he uses to cover his decent, sympathetic, and maturecharacter inside. Throughout the entire story, Holden uses unchastelanguage to offense himself. The use of these words may insult thereader, but the truth is, he is building a facade so that he can obtainthe approval he feels they have oppose him thus far. As a teenager,the critical period of his life, Holden struggled to find the meaningof life, and his survival, they easily depressed Holden demands theircompany, even though he calls them 'phonies.' Holden is really a decentand mature teenager, but he only hides behind the false front to obtainthe approval. In the meantime, he tries to find the meaning of hisexistence. There's Holden's false front, a rude and without standardteen, but what's behind it are important. A decent, sympathetic andmature teen lies behind the mask. The only time he reveals thesedistinctions is when he comes to some points and some people, especiallychildren. For example, when Holden decide to go to the west, he wrotea note to Phoebe to tell her that meets him at the museum. While hewas waiting, there's two kids that came up and asked Holden where isthe mummies, he stated:'. . . The one little kid, the one that asked me, had his pantsopen. I told him about it. So he buttoned them up rightwhere he was standing...

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