The Catcher in the Rye
The book Catcher in the Rye is a story of Holden Caulfield’s thoughts about
life and the world around him. Holden tells many of his opinions about
people and takes the reader on a 5-day trip into his mind. Holden,
throughout the book, made other people feel inferior to his own. I can
relate to this because although I do not view people inferior to me, I
judge others unequally. Holden and I both have similar judgements of
people from the way they act and behave. We also share feelings about
motivation as well as lack of it. After reading this book, I came to the
conclusion that Holden and I are much more similar than I initially

Holden portrayed others to be inferior to his own kind all throughout
the book. He made several references as to how people aren’t as perfect as
he was. “The reason Stradlater fixed himself up to look good was
because he was madly in love with himself.” Holden had a
difficults with no being good. He was afraid of not having any special talents or
abilities and and did other thi8ngs to make himself look tough.

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“Boy, I sat at that goddam bar till around one o’clock or so, getting drunk
as a bastard. I could hardly see straight.” Holden tried all he
could to try to be cool he was faking it just to fit in. He drank, cursed and criticized life l to make it
seem he was like he knew of his habits. I myself have found me doing this
at times, also. I, at times, feel the need to fit in to a group and do
things similar to what others do in order to be accepted by others, but I do have my limitations. I
smoked a cigarratte once by myself cause I saw everybody doing that so I was like let me see how it is, I tried it and
it didn’t grow on me but that was only once. Holden and I both
put people on levels higher and lower other than our own for amount of knowledge and
and characteristic
Holden used the term ‘phonies’ to describe more than a few people in
this book. He used the term to be what a person is if they don’t act
themselfs and follow other people’s ways. Holden didn’t like
phonies, he thought of them as if they were trying to show off. He didn’t
like it when they showed off because it seemed fake and unnatural every
time they would act like it..

“At the end of the first act we went out with all
the other jerks for a cigarette. What a deal that
was. You never saw so many phonies in all your life,
everybody smoking their ears off and talking about
the play so that everybody could hear how sharp they