Holden tells False name to Mrs. Morrow, in “The Catcher in the Rye,” Why?


In The Catcher in The Rye, Holden tells his false name to Mrs. Morrow, why he does so?


Both Jane and Holden seem to have experienced unhappy childhood. They were happy and enjoyed good time together in Maine, and played games like tennis, golf and other games. Holden expressed that they shared so much common; however, there were some limits in their relationship. For instance, Jane restricted herself to share her problem with step father and Holden also did not share his moment of crisis. She seems to be his best friend, yet he is unable to share that he has been removed from Pency Prep. In his attempt to prevent feelings of loneliness, Holden reaches out to girls in the lounge, but not Jane. Perhaps he is not disgruntled with phoniness accompanying superficial relationships and refuses to get involved in just one relationship that could give him comfort and authenticity and instead he prefers such relationships that guarantee phony and emptiness.

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