Catcher in the Rye

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Distinguishing minds in their own isolations J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye is widely recognized as one of the most self-destructive novels ever written. The novel’s protagonist Holden Caulfield is known for his anti-social behavior and his self-loathing, self-isolating character in the book. Holden’s traits could widely be compared to Napoleon Dynamite the protagonist of the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite directed by Jared Hess. Napoleon is characterized by his clichéd “school nerd” behavior and of course his own self-isolating habit just like Holden. Like Holden, Napoleon tries to put down people to isolate him from others. But even though Holden and Napoleon are alike on how they assume the traits of the people they meet,…show more content…
Holden and Napoleon are both judgmental and also portray differently in terms of reactions to family confronting them in their own personal space. Holden has a very intimate and caring relationship with his little sister Phoebe while Napoleon puts down his uncle and older brother when they confront him about his life. Unlike Holden, Napoleon does not have a close relationship in terms of emotional support or care with anyone in his family. Napoleon is disgruntled when he is confronted by his uncle Rico and older brother Kip about what he is doing with his life. “Uncle Rico: I wish you wouldn't look at me like that, Napoleon. Napoleon: I wish you'd get out of my life and shut up! Uncle Rico: I'm gonna tell you somethin' right now. While you're out there playing patty cake with your friend Pedro, your Uncle Rico is makin' 120 bucks. Napoleon: I could make that much money in five seconds! Kip: Geez. Yeah right, Napoleon. I made, like, 75 bucks today. Uncle Rico: Napoleon, its looks like you don't have a job. So why don't you get out there and feed Tina. Napoleon: Why don't you go eat a decroded piece of crap!” (Hess, Uncle Rico/Kip/Napoleon) Napoleon obviously is upset when his uncle Rico and brother Kip intervene with his life. This is how Napoleon perceives his isolation that his family is his enemy and unfriendly to his life while he is at his own personal world, while Holden and his sister are in a very intimate family relationship.

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