Emily Johnson HEnglish 1A Mrs. Hughes 12.20.2011 Reaction Essay Both of these articles bring up extremely good points regarding who Holden Caulfield is and why he is the way he is. Many arguments of which include the discussion of what a phony is, and why Holden speaks of them so much. Is it conformity of society? Growing up and simply being adolescent? Or is there more to it? Both articles interpret the question a bit differently and both are true, but I have my arguments within each. As much as Holden wants to think that he is “rebellious”, he only wants to conform to society deep down. To others, he wants to feel like this unique person, which only means he is conforming because everyone wants to be unique. In the first article by Sonja Beck, she discusses how Holden is a rebel and that he has mental instability because of that—because others think that, “The rebel cannot function in society” (Beck). She speaks of how parents know that this age and this phase can be dangerous and how it is impossible to fit into society. I do not
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