Essay about Analysis Of The Book ' The Rye '

1928 Words Jun 8th, 2015 8 Pages
Like the concept of childhood, children 's literature is very much a cultural construct that continues to evolve over time. (Reference).
The complexity and Rowling’s willingness to take on difficult and contemporary issues such as racism, genocide, classism, and difference – makes Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone uniquely valuable. While both books can be regarded as controversial due to the moral fibre of them, Catcher in the Rye, captures an adolescent protagonist wavering between childhood and adulthood. Holden Caulfield, a confused teenager, explores how adult life appears complex and incomprehensible to teenagers on the brink of entering it. Likewise, Harry Potter focuses on a timid young boy, unsure of his abilities. While both characters are young and dissatisfied with the world around them, Harry finds ways to fight for positive change and adjusts to the world around him. Holden, however, wants everything to stay just the way it is and never change. The ‘museum’ is a very important place to Holden as it remains unchanged. The museum represents the world Holden wishes he could live in: it’s the world of his “catcher in the rye” fantasy, a world where nothing ever changes, where everything is simple, understandable, and infinite. Instead of acknowledging that adulthood scares and mystifies him, Holden invents a fantasy that adulthood is a world of superficiality and hypocrisy (“phoniness”), while childhood is a world of innocence, curiosity, and honesty.

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