We’ l l love you just the way you are if you’ r e perfect
Holden feels ostracized, isolated, depressed. He constantly evaluates others as being phony. In what ways is he a phony himself? Can you think of things he’s done in the book that show that he’s really phony also?
Holden runs away from Pencey Prep because he doesn’t feel he can ever fit in there.
What do you think he’s looking for?
Does he have a good idea of who he really is?
Who do you think he really is?
Conformity and why it was crucial
This was the first era when television made people aware of what other people all around the world were doing/getting/wearing
Advertising came into your home and made you realize that you didn’t measure up unless you bought the right stuff.
Appearance and conformity were highly prized. Everybody who conformed, in Holden’s opinion, was a phony.
On page seven, Holden quotes Dr. Thurmer, “ L ife is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.”