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Holden and Phoebe

By copyingsince1997 Aug 31, 2014 535 Words
In a frenzy of sadness and frustration on the night that Allie died, Holden smashed all the windows in his garage with his bare fists.  I was only thirteen, and they were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage. I don't blame them. I really don't. I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my first just for the hell of it. …. My hand still hurts me once in a while, when it rains and all, and I can't make a real fist any more…" Although Holden is innocent, he is not naive. Society has affected him  to the extent that he is aware of the cost of things, but wastes his  money on taxis, as he wants to avoid the phoneys on buses. He refers  to the value of his coat, his cases, his typewriter and even his pens,  but he does not cherish his possessions as he gives his typewriter  away and lends his coat to Stradlater. When his gloves were stolen,  the only thing he cared about was that he became cold. When he was a  child he lost his belongings - so now as a teenager he fails to take  his change and hates people who spend time at posh restaurants and  popular bars; yet there is a hypocritical side to him which makes him  take taxis, go to bars, cinemas and theatres, and stay in hotels.  Society has taken everything from Holden, both of his brother's  presence and his parents´. Stradlater borrows all he owns, his clothes  and even the girl he loves. His possessions are stolen at school. Because  of all of this, he feels he must reject society. It is not surprising  that he feels he must turn to children; after all, they are a symbol  of innocence, and they have not rejected him. He says that he would  like to be 'The Catcher in the Rye', who is a fictional character in a  Burns poem, who stops children running off the edge of a cliff whilst  playing in rye fields. This analogy epitomises the only future Holden  can see for himself. Phoebe is the only person Holden trusts. Her  sanity and naturalness restores confidence of society in Holden. Due  to his love from Phoebe a complete breakdown by the pond, and from a  pointless escape later.

Holden hates hypocrites and phoneys, but meets few people who are  honest, so he generalises and says there are phoneys all around him,  another thing that makes him an outcast of society. Even his teachers  are phoneys; Mr Spencer acts in front of the headmaster, and the  headmaster performs in front of the rich parents and Mr Antolini  appears to have crooked morals.

Holden’s parents are absent in his life, his dad is a lawyer who is very strict as seen in “Daddy will kill you” he also doesn’t show affection towards Holden. Holden’s mother isn’t very interested in neither his nor Phoebe’s lives as when she catches Phoebe smoking, as all she says is “I don’t like that, Phoebe. I don’t like that at all.” (159)

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