Holden dislikes phonies and thinks of them as people who try to be something they are not. He loathes people who showed off because it seems unnatural every time they do not act like themselves. Holden does not allow himself to have friendship because of his dull attitude. In the beginning of the book, the reader knows that Holden is lonely when he separates himself from the rest of the Pencey students by watching the football game from Thomsen Hill and not the grand stands. Holden is not a very sociable person partly because he finds himself better than many others.
Throughout The Catcher in the Rye Holden puts himself in situations that are very stressful. His personality type puts him in these situations. Holden has trouble-making friends because he thinks almost everyone is a phony. The pressure created from not having friends and being able to be comfortable at a school forced him out of an education, “One of the biggest reasons I left Elkton Hills was because I was surrounded by phonies. That's all...For instance, they had this headmaster, Mr. Haas, that was the phoniest bastard I ever met in my life” (Salinger 13) not only did this force him out of the school but also onto the streets.
Holden always thinks that friendships are fake. He always thinks people are insincere, that is one of the reason why Holden is running away from being a part of the “society”. On the other hand, Charlie is happy with his new friends- Patrick and Sam but he had no friends before he meet Patrick and Sam. His one friend shot himself. “It’s hard to remember.
Charlie's sister also ignored him. To her, Charlie was dumb and could not do anything. Charlie had dreams of his sister yelling at him and making fun of him. He also had memories of the night his parents took him to the Warren Home. He was terrified and his dad would never answer his questions.
Holden can't stand to be around either one of them for a very long time. Later, he gets into a fight with Stradlater over his date with Jane. Holden is upset because he thinks that Stradlater "gave her the time" and that he doesn't care about her; 'the reason he didn't care was because he was a goddam stupid moron. All morons hate it when you call them a moron' (44). Holden not only sees his roommates as phonies and bastards, but he also sees his headmaster at Pency Prep as a "phony slob" (3).
Mr. Spencer asked because Holden was flunking at Pencey Prep and he heard that Holden didn’t do well at this school either. Holden then goes on to explain that the reason he left Elkton Hills because everyone there were “phonies”. Holden says “I can’t stand that stuff. It drives me ... ... middle of paper ... ...and when he ventures home to talk to Phoebe. In each of the situations Holden either becomes angry or he becomes depressed.
His attitude toward Pencey is everyone there is a phony. Pencey makes Holden feel lonely and isolated because he had very few friends. Holden’s feeling of alienation is seen when he doesn’t attend the biggest football game of the year. His comments on the game: “It was the last game of the year and you were supposed to commit suicide or something if old Pencey didn’t win” (2, Ch. 1).
His tragic flaw is his obsession with his family. His life is devoted to helping his family, mainly his son Chris. Furthermore, Oedipus the King’s arrogance leads him to hurt this family. Unknowingly, Oedipus does not know how lucky he is to see the truth. He knows that disease is corrupting the city, but he is angered when Teresis will not tell him informatio... ... middle of paper ... ...scape his fate.
This shows his rage because he does not think wisely and loses his cool quickly. In addition to being hot-tempered, Alexander is also socially awkward. Moreover, Alexander is very socially awkward. To begin with, he wears ... ... middle of paper ... ...treme ways and cannot distinguish between what is going too far or not. Finally, when Harry is kicked out of class in college, Alexander fights for equal rights and vandalizes the school with: “EDUCATION FOR ALL… IS A GOOD CAUSE” (Lynch 149).
Allie’s death caused Holden to have trouble and be unable to form relationships and bonds because he is afraid the people he meets and gets close to are going to leave him like Allie did. Holden thinks and believes that he is this ideal person, however nobody believes that he is. Holden uses the word phony to describe people, everything within the world that he does not like, and things that are new to him. This is why Holden thinks “phonies” surround him. One example is when Holden invites this lady named Sally Hayes on a date.