The theme that the world has an outward appearance that seems fair and perfect but really they're as Holden put it "phonies."
This is shown countless amount of times in his journey through New York and even before he left. The setting is in the 1950's;
so I'm pretty sure that he didn't encounter any transvestites, lesbians, or anything that extreme of phoniest. Or on the other hand
he could have liked them for being
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think of that. Writers like Edgar Allen are obvious that they have a deeper meaning. But with Salinger it's hard to tell if
this is a simple story of a boy rebelling or is it a great big metaphor for the world and how we are. Now if you ask him I,m sure
he would say "oh that's what meant exactly," and he might as well have meant that; but who is to say.