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When one both reads Catcher in the Rye and sees Rebel Without a Cause he or she cant help but wonder if the writers Nicholas Ray and JD Salinger somehow knew each other or if one writer copied the ideas of the other Jim Stark and Holden Caulfield the two main characters of the stories have so much in common that if they ever met one another they would immediately become friends The main theme that applies to both works is teenage rebellion Holden and Jim seem to get into trouble often which affects many different aspects of their lives including their friends family school location and self-image Holdens and Jims parents have very similar attitudes towards their children They both appear to spoil their children indefinitely a common display of parents during the 1950s Jims father mentioned that he bought Jim everything he wants including a car and bicycle Holden said that his mother had recently sent ice skates to his school for him Also both parents show embarrassment of their childrens delinquent behavior Neither Jims nor Holdens fathers are good role models for their sons Jim feels that his father is cowardly weak and a chicken Holdens father isnt ever around since Holden is always at one boarding school or another Furthermore both sons feel misunderstood by their parents The major difference between Holdens and Jims families is that Holdens parents deal with his problems by sending him away to prep schools whereas Jims parents try to be more involved in their sons life and move with him from town to town A minor difference in their families is that Jim is an only child but Holden has three siblings Holden does not really have any friends He constantly criticizes and complains about the people he interacts with rarely has anything positive to say about them and does not consider anyone his real friend Jim tries to make friends with the kids at
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