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An Analysis of the Journey of Character in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and the Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salingers
Word Count: 802
Mark Twains Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and JD Salingers The Catcher in the Rye depict journeys from which the main characters learn many life lessons Huck traveled down the Mississippi River and Holden wandered the streets of New York City Even though these journeys are very different in setting there are similarities in what Huck and Holden learned about themselves about American society and about the world in which they lived Both Holden and Huck are on a quest Heisman Miller 23 Huck is running away from home to the wild west where he thinks he will be accepted while Holden is wandering the streets of New York City trying to find love and acceptance from others Both feel as though everyone around them is fake or phony All the boys want is to find a place in life where people dont judge them and arent so hypocritical The societies in which they are searching however are not particularly friendly The societies are filled with cruel people who do cruel things Pritchett 13 Holden experiences a cruel act when Maurice the elevator boy and Sunny the prostitute attack him for supposedly not paying Sunny Salinger 154 When attacked he thought he was dying He began to fantasize about being a movie hero seeking revenge This is an example of how he is psychologically breaking down and struggling in his quest In Larson 2 Hucks case he climbs onto a stranded boat and overhears two robbers threatening to kill another man Twain 75 He also witnesses the murder of Old BoggsTwain 95 In addition he observed the violence of the South where one man shot another because of an insult This is a lesson to Huck of human nature and what was acceptable in society He was discouraged by these lessons because they showed how people actually treated each other To make their journeys even more frustrating Holden and Huck have to deal with hypocrisy
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