Siddhartha and The Catcher in the Rye Essay

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“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”[1] Everyone faces adversity in their lifetime, and how one deals with the issues is what sets one apart from the other. In Siddhartha and The Catcher in the Rye, both Holden and Siddhartha face a barrage of issues. These difficulties, if not dealt with, can be debilitating; however, if the victim tries to resolve them, the issues become obsolete. Both Holden and Siddhartha face great adversity, these difficulties include: relationships, emotions, destiny, and suicide. While both characters dealt with these issues, the manner in which they were dealt with was extremely …show more content…
“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”[1] Everyone faces adversity in their lifetime, and how one deals with the issues is what sets one apart from the other. In Siddhartha and The Catcher in the Rye, both Holden and Siddhartha face a barrage of issues. These difficulties, if not dealt with, can be debilitating; however, if the victim tries to resolve them, the issues become obsolete. Both Holden and Siddhartha face great adversity, these difficulties include: relationships, emotions, destiny, and suicide. While both characters dealt with these issues, the manner in which they were dealt with was extremely different. The differences between Holden, a teenage dropout with no regard for future; and Siddhartha, the Buddha, “The one who has awakened,” are very apparent.
Siddhartha, as a result of becoming Buddha, has treated his peers similarly to Holden; but for the most part he treats people very different. In his time of riches, Siddhartha regards everyone as his inferior “He had himself had felt to be different than others, superior to them.” [2] Holden too faces feelings of superiority; this is shown by him calling everyone a “phony” or by how he judges everyone. Holden’s ruthless judgement of others was based off keys as unimportant as having cheap suitcases or bad dental health. These judgements led Holden to a deeply rooted hatred for

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