Analysis Of ' The Rye And Louie Zamperini Of Unbroken ' By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Setting goals is a valuable way to guide one’s self through life. Whether or not humans are trying to meet a goal, often translates into everyday life. This theme is portrayed through Holden Caulfield of Catcher in the Rye and Louie Zamperini of Unbroken. Both experience the highest of highs and lowest of lows at times that coexist with when they are working to achieve more in life. In the novels Unbroken and Catcher in the Rye, everyday life is bettered by having a goal as seen through the contrasting behavior of the characters during times in which they are working to attain more and times in which they have given up.
Though their goals are significantly different, Holden and Louie both lead healthier, more positive lives when they are focused on achieving. Holden, who is distraught through most of the novel, has one small goal, hoping to complete it for the person he seems to love most. He desperately wants to find a record called “Little Shirley Beans” for his sister, Phoebe. After a boy at Pencey refuses to sell it to him, Holden makes it a personal duty to find the unique record. While on Broadway, the first store he goes into has it. Holding it in his hands for the first time, “made [him] so happy all of a sudden” (Salinger 116). To most this may seem small, but to a troubled Holden, it makes him feel as if he has finally done something he can be proud of. Through reaching his goal he was able to refocus his negative thoughts and feel happier. Louie, on the other…

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