Holden, the protagonist in the novel Catcher in the Rye, can be described as a hypocrite. Throughout the story, Holden makes fun of his fellow classmates calling them "phony". However, when he introduces himself to others after he leaves school, he creates a fake alias for himself. The reader may think that Holden in fact is "phony". Moreover, Holden consistently wants to call Jane; however, he is too scared to do so. Holden criticizes Stradlater during his date with Jane, but Holden doesn't have the courage to ask Jane out himself. Because Holden doesn't have a good relationship with his parents, he tries to distance himself from them and he tries to become an adult forcefully. This desire makes him hypercritical because he is scared to face his future. In Holden's defense, he has suffered tremendous psychological damage with the death of his younger brother. Furthermore, Holden doesn't have any great relationships with family or friends which could cause his hypocritical nature. In conclusion, Holden can be seen as a hypocrite due to his personal circumstances.
In the story of Catcher in the Rye, Holden, could be described as a bit of a hypocrite. Depending on how you look at it, Holden could be a hypocrite because he's always saying how everyone is phony and he hates phony people, even though he changes his name and creates whole new characteristics for himself. But I don't see that as being hypocritical, I just see it a guy trying to get through his sad boring life by having fun and changing things up once in a while. And especially if people don't know any different and believe that he's "Rudolph Schmidt", then isn't that more of a joke than being a hypocrite? Who knows maybe Holden's way of coping with the loss of his brother Allie is to create false identities and act like he's so much older than he is, (as Darren mentioned). Or maybe Holden is a compulsive liar and has other severe Psychological Problem we don't know about yet because it's the up coming plot twist...its kind of a mystery.
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