Catcher In The Rye
Cultural Assumptions #3
Social conformity is when you fulfil societies expectations to fit into a certain group. Therefore the majority of people who do are phonies (fakes).
Holden As An Outsider
Majority of the novel concerns Holden's problems in forming relationships. In many parts of the novel we find Holden telling us how lonely he feels.
This is shown by his increasingly desperate attempts to become friends with people. Since the beginning of the novel Holden has trouble getting along well with others.
My Example from the Novel
"I didn't much want to see it, but I knew old Sally, the queen of the phonies, would start drooling all over the place when I told her i had tickets for that, because the Lunts were in it and all. "
Yes. J.D. Salinger challenges these cultural assumptions through Holden.
The reason why Holden can't stay with a group of friends for too long is because he thinks everyone in his world is a phony. Therefore he can't trust anyone. The only person who he can talk to, idolise, and make himself comfortable with, is his little sister, Phoebe.