Comparison Of ' The Rye ' And ' The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn '

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THE BENEFITS OF SUFFERING IN THE CATCHER IN THE RYE AND THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN The Catcher in the Rye and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, J.D. Salinger and Mark Twain respectively, narrate the process of self-discovery of a young male protagonist. The Catcher in the Rye takes place sometime in the 1950s. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist, narrates his departure from his private school, Pencey Prep. Holden represents a typical high school dropout: he does not try hard in school, and has no respect for his teachers due to what he calls phoniness. The majority of his experiences take place in New York City, where he has isolated himself from his school and family. New York City, as opposed to Pencey Prep, allows Holden to burgeon, for the City is busy, and Holden depends on activity to remain balanced. Although The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes place 100 years earlier than The Catcher in the Rye, in the words of Edgar Branch, “The Catcher in the Rye, in fact, is a kind of Huckleberry Finn in modern dress.” (qtd. in Salzman 9). This novel is also a narration from the point of view of the protagonist - Huck Finn. The reader follows Huck as he fakes his own murder in order to escape his abusive father "Paps", and then travels down the Mississippi River on a raft. Huck finds a companion in a coloured man named Jim whom Huck eventually realizes is a good person, which is controversial in the 1840s because they become friends despite the ideas of race he has…
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