A Comparison of Holden of Catcher in the Rye and Equality 7-251 of Anthem

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Catcher in the Rye and Anthem - A Comparison of Holden and Equality 7-251

 

 

Is it possible that two completely different authors could create two identical characters?  It seems so; J.D. Salinger's Holden, from Catcher in the Rye, and Ayn Rand's Equality 7-2521, in Anthem, appear to be one in the same person.   To end the oppression they received for the span of their entire lives, both Holden and Equality run from their oppressors.  Most importantly, neither Holden nor Equality live up to the expectations of others.  Holden's personality identically reflects that of Equality 7-2521 in Ayn Rand's Anthem.

 

    Holden and Equality 7-2521 were oppressed their
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    By chasing their dreams, neither Holden nor Equality 7-2521 live up to others expectations of them.  Throughout his life, Holden is told that he would be a graduate from a prestigious university, and a professional.  In his heart, he knows that these are not his aspirations, and eventually decides to live his own life, striving to be a catcher in the rye.  He despises the idea of molding ones life in order to become successful, stating, " '[The world is] full of phonies, and all you do is study so that you can learn enough to be smart enough to be able to buy a goddam Cadillac some day...'"  Equality, much like Holden,
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