Similarities Between Catcher In The Rye And Into The Wild

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in families, there are clashes and rivalry between members–most provoked by the values of society– in strife to be the perfect family. In Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, the main protagonist, comes from a high socioeconomic family with an unhealable wound that Holden’s dead brother, Allie Caulfield causes. In order to look acceptable in society, the parents send Holden away to different schools instead of healing together as a family. In Krakauer’s Into the wild, Chris Mccandless father, Walt Mccandless’s betrayal and infidelity is the root his family’s unhealable wound. They try to cover as much as they can, to be adequate in society. In both boy’s stories, they distrust society and seek a purpose to their lives after traumatic events but,…show more content…
Having flunked four out of five subjects and Pencey Prep, Holden is about to get expelled for his disagreeable grades. He runs to Old Spencer’s who scolds Holden about his performance. When asked how his parents would react, Holden says, “Well...they’ll be pretty irritated by about it, They really will. This is about the fourth school i’ve gone to” (Salinger 11). Here, Holden does not have a sorry tone which symbolizes Holden’s disinterest in education. Additionally, this is his fourth school. Four represents destruction. In the Bible, there are four horsemen who appear at the end of the world and destroy
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