“At school where every teacher was a potential spy, I tried to avoid an S sound whenever possible….After a few weeks of what she called ‘endless pestering’ and what I called ‘repeated badgering,’ my mother bought me a pocket thesaurus which provided me with s free alternatives to just about everything.” (Sedaris 11) David Sedaris referred to his teachers as “agents” and “spies” to add a humorous side of something he disliked. He did everything in his power to avoid using S which frustrated his teachers, but gave the audience a laugh. Sedaris was extremely insecure about his lisp so he felt the need to go to the extremes to cover up his differences. The pressure from his speech therapist and teacher was so extreme that he became
Holden even criticizes his new classmates, whom he has not even meet yet. "It's full of phonies/.../and you have to keep making believe you give a damn if the football team loses, and all you do is talk about girls and liquor and sex all day"(131). Just because Holden is uncomfortable in his school, he feels the need to disapprove of everyone. Salinger exploits this immaturity to illustrate the reason for Holden's loneliness and confusion. Throughout the story Salinger introduces characters that actually appeal to Holden, which give him guidance and make him feel better about himself.
Holden not only sees his roommates as phonies and bastards, but he also sees his headmaster at Pency Prep as a "phony slob" (3). This type of person is exactly what Holden doesn't want to be. He strives to be a mature adult; caring, compassionate, and sensitive. Even when Holden goes out or reads a story, it is just full of phoniness, ".
Disappointment, anger, and frustration filled Holden's heart as he saw these people giving away their innate abilities for something that would not last forever; fame and money. Holden's inability to fit into society brought on hatred to it, and instead of admitting he too was at fault, he criticizes all the people in cliques on account of their fakeness and dishonesty. To begin with, he finds himself disliking Pencey as a school since its motto claims that it molds boys into upright, respected members of society. However, Holden soon declares that the school is hypocritical since it does nothing to achieve their motto and as a result, most boys end up remaining the same people as they once came to school and for some it shaped them into crooks (which Holden will not stand for).
I think many parents find it easier to conceal their feelings inside of themselves, thus becoming what Holden could view as a phony. He didn’t understand why his parents had to bottle it all up (which he thinks is wrong) and why he was almost punished for expressing his feelings freely (which he feels is the right thing to do).
In JD Salingers' Catcher in the Rye, a troubled teenager named Holden Caufield struggles with the fact that everyone has to grow up. The book gets its title from Holden's constant concern with the loss of innocence. He did not want children to grow up because he felt that adults are corrupt. This is seen when Holden tries to erase naughty words from the walls of an elementary school where his younger sister Phoebe attended. "While I was sitting down, I saw something that drove me crazy.
The paper drifts from one topic to another, making it difficult for the reader to follow along with the parent’s true message. By interjecting personal information into his argument, the paper loses credibility and makes for a boring message. Despite the man’s poor delivery he does make a good case against the teacher, but went about it in a way that was not productive. The parent clearly wants to see his daughter make academic progress, and that alone is reason enough to pay attention to his speech. Although the male parent is concerned that his daughter Felicia is not learning enough at Rosewood school, his message is greatly undermined by his poor delivery, and disparaging remarks toward a faculty member.
One contributor to this breakdown, is the loneliness that Holden experiences. His loneliness is apparent through many ways including: his lack of friends, his longing for his dead brother, and the way he attempts to gain acceptance from others. To Holden, everyone is either corny of phony. He uses these terms to describe what a person is if they do not act naturally and follow other people?s manners and grace. Holden dislikes phonies and thinks of them as people who try to be something they are not.
Even though this theory would not originally apply to Dorian’s personality, it could explain his mindset later in the novel. At first everyone loves him, but toward the end, he became a social outcast. Despite Dorian’s former friends shunning and gossiping about him, he only grows worse in his unjustified self-confidence. He becomes so involved with his image that he is blind to everything
It is a pretty easy read, I can tell you that, but as you go along, you start to feel sort of sorry for Holden. Holden has isolated himself from those around him, he sees many people as phonies and just annoying and at first glance you would picture him as stuck up and conceited but he really does have issues he copes with everyday, such as the death of his younger brother Allie. It really make you wonder if you know the person sitting next you. If you ever feel alone, or just don’t see a point to any of it, life and all, I recommend this book. See things from the outside, really detach yourself and look at the big picture, you are not alone.