The Catcher in the Rye and the Truman Show Essay

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J.D Salinger explores many ideas of identity in his book ‘The Catcher in the Rye’; these ideas include ego, expression, personality, environment and perception. The author uses many features such as first person narration to express these ideas of identity. Identity is a common theme in many works including ‘The Truman Show’ directed by Peter Weir and poem ‘Life-Cycle’ written by Bruce Dawe. ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ is an emotional journey of 16 year old Holden Caulfield who is struggling to recognise his identity. Holden’s journey begins at Pencey Prep, one of three schools he attended and was expelled from. Holden then narrates as through the events following his expulsion from Pencey Prep and his eagerness to avoid his parent’s…show more content…
For example, When Truman is driving to work, something that we, the audience, instantly recognised as a stage light fell from the sky, Truman, however accepted the radio’s explanation that it was part of an aeroplane in trouble, shredding parts. There are also various product placements throughout the show, that Truman himself even seems to find it unusual as when Meryl, his wife his describing a product, while looking directly into the camera Truman replies with “who are you talking to?” and when Truman attempts to find his way to Fiji he is never able to make it because there is always something in the way, this being so frequent does not strike Truman. Christof explains this saying “We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.” Many of the cameras used in the movie are presented as they would if it was a legitimate TV show. Many scenes have blurred borders as if the camera is set in something, as the hidden cameras in the show would have been. An obvious example of these camera’s is the one seen when Truman is getting into his car, his neighbour is holding a bin with a small camera coming out of the side this contributes to the audience perception that this is a realistic television program. Holden Caulfield’s identity has been moulded by his environment, how he was raised the people he has met and the family he comes from. Holden comes from a family with four children and two wealthy parents who had built an image of
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