In The Catcher in The Rye by Salinger, how does Holden's ambivalence towards movies relate to his personal development?

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The entire novel The Catcher in the Rye is about Holden's search for something genuine. The movies, while entertaining to him, confuse him and anger him because they present the world in a way that is not real at all.

Holden, while saying he hates the movies, finds himself imitating them a lot. In one early chapter, Holden tap-dances like "one of those guys in the movies. In one of those musicals." Later on in the novel, after his violent confrontation with Maurice, Sunny's pimp, Holden pretends he took "a bullet in my guts. Old 'Maurice had plugged me." Finally, when Holden sat in the Wicker Bar waiting for Carl Luce , he "thought about war and all. Those war movies always do that to me." Then he goes on to explain his...

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