Theme Of Success And Fulfillment By J. D. Salinger

1790 Words Aug 3rd, 2016 8 Pages
Since the beginning of time, achieving greatness and being successful has been the ultimate goal of humans. Success can be found in many different forms, as ruling Roman, Greek and Egyptian empires to receiving a high grade on a test can all be defined as successes. For many years, the idea of prosperity and achieving overall greatness have been the goals of many people around the world. Through many generations, society’s view on success changes, urging people to conform to society’s beliefs in order to fulfill their goals and dreams. The theme of success and fulfillment are evident in literature and theater pieces that were written centuries ago continuing into novels written in the present. The play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, and the novel The Catcher in the Rye, written by J. D. Salinger follow the lives of two protagonists’ as they are each individually shaped by society’s idea of prosperity. The protagonists’ of both the novel and the play, Holden and Macbeth, exhibit similar qualities that allow them to attempt to achieve ultimate greatness and find success. Both the novel The Catcher in the Rye and the play Macbeth demonstrate the pressure there is on men to prosper and achieve high rankings in society. This conclusively causes the development of mental illness and a high amount of wrath in a person’s behaviour, which results in the disruption of harmony. Both Holden and Macbeth possess significant amounts of wrath, resulting in their making of…
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