The Catcher in the Rye

what does holden reveal about lying

what does he reveal about lying

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Holden defines phoniness as an act of lying to oneself. He abhors people who don't admit their weaknesses, particularly people who perceive themselves as something they're not. Holden, of course, is the epitome of everything he despises and indulges in the same acts he condemns in others. He criticizes others for phoniness, and yet, he is as guilty as those he criticizes.