Masks in The Catcher in the Rye
What happen if everyone in the world is wearing a mask? That is
exactly what this world is; everyone wears a mask. Most people we see
every day have their true identity hidden behind a facade. Although a
true identity cannot be divulge just by looking, but with a careful
scrutiny of one's character will reveal to what is behind the facade.
Equivalent to what happened in J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye.
Holden Caulfield, a typical teenager in the 50's with a morally
loose, rude and obscene personality. However, his rudeness is just a mask
that he uses to cover his decent, sympathetic, and mature character inside.
Throughout the entire story, Holden uses unchaste language to offense
himself. The use of these words may insult the reader, but the truth is,
he is building a facade so that he can obtain the approval he feels they
have oppose him thus far. As a teenager, the critical period of his life,
Holden struggled to find the meaning of life, and his survival, they
easily depressed Holden demands their company, even though he calls them
"phonies." Holden is really a decent and mature teenager, but he only
hides behind the false front to obtain the approval. In the meantime, he
tries to find the meaning of his existence. There's Holden's false front,
a rude and without standard teen, but what's behind it are important. A
decent, sympathetic and mature teen lies behind the mask. The only time
he reveals these distinctions is when he comes to some points and some
people, especially children. For example, when Holden decide to go to the
west, he wrote a note to Phoebe to tell her that meets him at the museum.
While he was waiting, there's two kids that came up and asked Holden where
is the mummies, he stated: ". . . The one little kid, the one that asked
me, had his pants open. I told him about it. So he buttoned them up right
where he was standing talking to...