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An Analysis of the Similarities of the Characters of Holden Caulfield from the Novel The Catcher in the Rye by John Steinbeck and Lucas Jackson from the Movie Cool Hand Luke
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You can never say that two people are the same but you can always find similarities between them In the novel The Catcher in the Rye and in the movie Cool Hand Luke we see two very similar persons The movie tells the story of a free spirited drifter Lucas Jackson who is brutalized by the prison system in the American South Lukes crime is nonconformity He cannot conform to the rules of his captivity The novel is narrated by Holden Caulfield a thinking analyzing and outspoken individual who values honesty and sincerity Holden is an immature teenager trying to protect the innocence of children Both people share common aspects of life problems with authority failure thoughts on death and personal losses Both characters can be identified as loners Luke and Holden have high potential but they refuse to use it so they sink in their lives They dislike society and people They behave in a way that they will end up destroying themselves one - mentally and the other - physically Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye at first appears to be having a conflict with society but upon closer examination he is truly only at war with himself Holden is in many ways a typical teenager skeptical of all authority and with a truculent attitude that stems from a cynical navet he is riding for some kind of terrible terrible fall Salinger the author of the novel gradually indicates that Caulfield has a longer history and troubles that are more deeply rooted that the conventional disaffected teenager as he moves from boarding school to boarding school with no sense of purpose As he reflects back on his final day at Pencey Prep he says they kicked me outI was flunking four subjects and not applying myself at all They gave me frequent warnings to start applying myselfbut I didnt do it p 4 Holden suffers some great psychological difficulties related to
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