Salinger 's ' The Catcher ' And ' Frankenstein '

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There is a saying that is commonplace when talking about law and justice: let the punishment fit the crime. There is a large variety of punishments for crimes today, ranging from minor jail time and fines, to water and sound torture and even death. However, isolation is perhaps the most impactful punishment used by law enforcement today. While most punishments affect either one’s physical health or one’s mental health, isolation has the ability to affect both substantially if one is sufficiently exposed to it. This can be seen in The Catcher in the Rye, written by J.D. Salinger, through the ordeals of Holden Caulfield, and Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, through the trials of Victor Frankenstein and his monster. Complete isolation is the most sadistic form of punishment, which can be portrayed through the misery it induces, the negative impacts it has on one’s personality, and the potential it has to generate disturbing changes in behaviour.

Although solitude and peace can initially be found in isolation, it eventually leads to sorrow. Without the basic necessity of significant human contact, Holden spends an excessive amount of time reminiscing about his exceptional childhood. He says yearningly, “All of a sudden, on my way out to the lobby, I got old Jane Gallagher on the brain again, I got her on, and I couldn’t get her off.” Through this introspection, he disheartens himself because he recognizes that the events and the people, especially his best friend Jane…
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