The Catcher In The Rye And William Shakespeare's The Tempest

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A confronting discovery can have the potential to change an individual's perspective of the world, themselves and others. William Shakespeare’s comedic play, The Tempest, published in 1611, explores a man who utilises his magic to conjure a storm and bring his enemies, including his brother, to his island in order to reconcile past differences. Additionally, The Catcher in the Rye (TCITR), a 1951 retrospective bildungsroman by J.D. Salinger, concerns a seventeen-year-old boy suffering the grief and hardship of his brother’s death. As demonstrated in these texts, the nature of rediscovering can be challenging for an individual, however, can lead to new understandings of themselves and others. Furthermore, both positive and negative outcomes are a product of a transformation. Confronting and transformative discoveries emerge from past experiences, in turn, creating a transformation of an individual.

Rediscovering past experiences can be confronting, yet have the potential to transform an individual. The Tempest reflects the capability past experiences have to enable self-discovery and reconcile relationships through the rediscovery of the past. This process may be confronting do to the forgotten or concealed nature of the discovery, in turn, cause an individual’s perspective of themselves and the world to be transformed. In 1609, the 'Sea Venture', sailed into a hurricane, stranding 150 passengers on a Bermuda island, where they remained for ten months. Despite assumed dead

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