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The Theme of Individual and Society in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
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The theme is indubitably one of the most important parts of literature It not only sets a mood for the story but also states a point In many works of literature one can find identical themes Though the theme may be the same for both works they are often represented in different ways In The Grapes of Wrath By John Steinbeck and The Catcher in the Rye By JD Salinger the theme of the individual and society are evident Steinbeck chooses to represent society as a necessity to make things work Throughout The Grapes of Wrath Ma Joad keeps enforcing the idea of unity In her mind as long as the family sticks together as a whole everything will be fine Salinger on the other hand expresses individualism and society in different perspective The main character of The Catcher in the Rye Holden Caulfield is the perfect representation of the individual As he journeys on his own into New York City he must endure life alone with few people to turn to Salinger doesnt straight out state that conformity and society is the best way of life He does however through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old boy show that being rebellious and alone isnt always the better path to take Steinbeck once said I believe that man is a double thing a group animal and at the same time an individual And it occurs to me that he cannot successfully be the second until he has fulfilled the first Bloom 52 In The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck shows us that in order for people to be happy on there own they must work together first Throughout the work society was split in to two categories the family and the migrants in the camp In both representations of society it is stressed that working together as one will accomplish more than simply working as an individual Ma Joad emphasizes and represents the idea of family
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