The Question and Answer section for The Catcher in the Rye is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Holden considers intellectual people, like his teachers, to be "phony". Holden regards himself as sincere and "smart" while other people tend to be pretending.
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Holden is at a Pencey football game. While the crowd is excited, Holden refuses to be part of them. He considers them phony or "crazy cannons". Holden thinks the football game is stupid. Holden's comments isolate him from the people and...