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Comparative Essay In recent times there has been a considerable amount of media attention surrounding the movement of the youth culture The topic of teenagers growing up in a violent and consumerist culture has been a hot topic as there has been growing concern over the adult issues that teenagers are forced to deal with in todays society Generation after generation there has been a division between the rebellious nature of the youth and the adult world The Catcher in the Rye and The Adventures of Huckleberrry Finn although written in two different eras attempt to capture the essence of youth and explores the central theme of the journey of the adolescent into adulthood The two central figures of the novels Holden Caulfeld and Huck Finn reflect this central theme through the realities of the contrasting worlds they have created and the experiences they encounter The two novels take place in different eras Catcher in the Rye tells the story of Holden exploring the modern New York society made up of different social classes and people from every walk of life Huck Finn explores the world of the Mississippi river in the 1800s during a time of slavery and also in the midst of the industrial revolution Both these characters deal with two contrasting worlds on one hand a world filled with materialism phoniness and urbanization and on the other hand a rural world that is not yet urbanized however has the elements of corruption that are taking form in the midst of modernization Holden confronts characters that are a product of a modern city such as pimps hookers actors and overall a collection of phony people who thrive on worldly possessions and materialism Huck Finn however deals with different characters who do not share qualities of urban intelligence but show a more natural form of human evil that is not influenced by the wickedness of the city These characters are a representation of
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