Catcher in the Rye and Dead Poetry Society Compression Essay

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Catcher In The Rye and Dead Poets Society Essay
Sometimes in literature, two different forms of writing tell two different stories with lots of similarities through characters. The book The Catcher and The Rye by J.D Salinger and the movie The Dead Poets Society directed by Peter Weir is a perfect example of two different literary works that share similarities through characters. The Dead Poet Society follows half a school year of 5 main characters at Welton Academy each with a different connection to Holden Caulfield the main character from The Catcher in the Rye. These 6 main characters are Neil Perry, the smart one, Richard Cameron, the sycophant, Todd Anderson, who is exceeding shy, Knox Overstreet, the romantic, and Charlie Dalton,
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In Holden’s eyes, his brother Allie was perfect; his hair was perfect, always saying the right thing, and being loved by everyone. The same goes with Todd’s brother, everybody knows him and loves him, and he’s always doing the right thing. Todd’s older brother, whose name was not mentioned, was valedictorian a couple of years ago, causing the administration to assume that he will be a great student, when in reality Todd is as shy as mouse. Both characters have family problems and eventually overcome them by the end of their literary works. In conclusion two different forms of literary works can compare to each other just by evaluating the characters. The book The Catcher in the Rye, and the movie The Dead Poet Society are perfect examples of such. Two characters from The Dead Poet Society that really connect with Holden are Neil Perry, and Todd Anderson. They all of parent problems, and Todd is living in the shadow of his brother as is Holden. Also as Holden would say "oh it killed me.", Neil took that saying to another level and actually committed suicide by putting a gun to his head. There are many other examples of compression between the two literary works, but these two stick out the most when comparing characters to Holden Caulfield.

BIB

Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. Print.

Peter. Dead Poet Society. 1989.

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