Catcher In The Rye And The Glass Castle Analysis

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“Among other things, you 'll find that you 're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior.” (Salinger 209) Imagine coming from two different sides of the world, living a life like no other. In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden longs for isolation and the constant fear of the transition from childhood to adulthood never seems to escape his mind:“Don 't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody” (Salinger 214). When analysing the protagonist Holden from The Catcher in the Rye and Jeannette from The Glass Castle, it is apparent that there are many differences between them. Holden is like no other boy one may meet in their life, he is clueless to the world while he may like …show more content…
Unlike Holden, Jeannette does not have a shoulder to cry on when times are tough. She learns at an early age that education is the key to her success, and will be the only thing that will help her further her life behind the walls that she is trapped between: “If you don 't want to sink, you better figure out how to swim” (Walls 66). Moreover, the motif for The Glass Castle is that one’s past does not form who they are meant to be, it is the way they are able to prevail and push through their hardships and limits to get to where they are. While the motif in The Catcher in the Rye, focus on the philosophy of life and the struggles one must go through in the transition from childhood to adulthood it also emphasizes that preserving one’s innocence in this world is nearly impossible, without the content of isolation. The Catcher in the Rye is different from The Glass Castle, because one highlights the horrids of life and the dreadful transition from childhood to adulthood, while the other focuses on family and how sticking together as one has helped bring them closer to each other and further themselves as well as their educational

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