When an individual is making a decision, they are not knowingly aware that their decision is significantly influenced by their surroundings. Holden decides to try and have a good time with Sally but, he can’t enjoy the performance because the actors annoy him. He can’t have a good time with Sally because she disagrees with him and wears a short skirt just to show off her “cute ass.” Then when he goes to the blues club, he can’t enjoy the music because he was too irritated by the person making the music. He decides that in all aspects of life, there will be phonies. There will be show-offs and celebrities. Through Holden’s words, we can experience individuality at its peak which makes one consider the immediate impacts. The fact that someone is compelling him into these things causes him to defiantly turn away. Holden does not enjoy the pressures of having someone try to mold him into the perfect teenager. Holden takes matters into his own hands by rejecting ordinary society, in anticipation that making his own decisions will lead him down the right path. Holden wants to personify individuality by proving to society that being different is okay and doing so can help one find their true self. Holden does not see the point of having others tell him how to live his life and does not understand why people will not allow him to make his own decisions and be different. Holden is an example of how conformity can have a negative effect on a person at any age such especially a teenager like Holden.The brightest part of Holden’s life is his ten-year-old sister. Holden loves Phoebe very much. Even though she is six years younger, she knows his feelings and what he means, and he feels comfortable talking to her. Phoebe is intelligent, neat, and an excellent dancer. Her innocent purity is one of Holden’s only sources of contentment throughout the book. She had a warm personality, and she never gave up on things like Holden seemed to. Phoebe is the only person that Holden does not think of as a phony. Phoebe represents the innocence that Holden is searching for throughout the book. He sees Phoebe as a person undamaged by the horrible realities of life. If he can spare her the pain in which he now finds himself, and “catch” her before she falls into the prickly field of rye, then somehow, he will have accomplished something important, greater than himself. Ultimately, his goal is to maintain his integrity and keep himself from ever acceding to the world of phonies, and through Phoebe, he can accomplish this.
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