Review Of ' The Catcher Rye ' And ' Huckleberry Finn '

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English Combined Coursework: Comparative Essay

The theme of rejection is highly predominant in both The Catcher in the Rye and Huckleberry Finn. Both plotlines constantly intertwine with the concept of dismissal from peers, family and society.
Despite being set in eras nearing a century apart; these novels perfectly encapsulate conflicts within their cultures.
Huckleberry Finn is set in the 1840’s – a time when slavery was still yet to be abolished in America’s southern states. Throughout the novel, Twain uses the prejudice towards those affected as a moral issue which helps to shape Huck’s persona and attitude throughout.
The excerpt I am using from Huckleberry Finn is from chapter 5. In this passage, Pap – Huck’s alcoholic and abusive Father – belittles Huck for developing a civilised manner after staying with the widow. He mocks his education, steals and abuses him.

In The Catcher in the Rye, the time period is based in the late 1940’s; a time of financial recovery for United States citizens, following WWII. With slavery being a distant memory, that was not a current issue. However, racism was still rife and segregation – especially due to the class system – remained in society.
The extract from The Catcher in the Rye I am using is from chapter 7. In this section, Holden packs for his departure from Pencey Prep following his exclusion and boards a train to New York. During this time, he thinks about his parents and education. Holden seemingly regrets his actions that…
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