Essay about Catcher in the Rye vs Frankenstein Novel Study

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Independent Novel Study In today’s world, innocence cannot be preserved forever. As humans age, they lose their innocence due to the corruption that exists in society. This is demonstrated in the two novels, Catcher in the Rye and Frankenstein. The two authors, J.D. Salinger and Mary Shelley prove this statement through their use of various literary devices. Key characters in both novels- Holden and the creature- learn through personal experiences that innocence cannot, in fact, be preserved forever, and they both face the reality of corruption. The use of allusions in both novels plays a big role in assisting the authors with introducing the message of innocence and corruption. The most obvious use of an allusion in Catcher in the Rye …show more content…
It begins to pour rain, and Holden says: “My hunting hat really gave me quite a lot of protection, in a way, but I got soaked anyway. I didn’t care, though. I felt so damn happy all of a sudden” (213). Salinger uses the red hunting hat and the rain to represent the internal conflict Holden faces throughout the novel of letting go of innocence and accepting the corruption that comes with growing up. Holden refers to his hunting hat (which symbolizes his innocence and isolation) as somewhat protecting him from the rain (which symbolizes corruption). Anyhow, his hat cannot do much to prevent him from getting wet. At this particular time in the novel Holden realizes- perhaps subconsciously- that he cannot protect himself from corruption by means of isolation and innocence forever, and he is perfectly content with that for the time being. Salinger expertly incorporates the red hunting hat into the novel to suggest the idea that humans lose their innocence as they reach adulthood due to the corruption they face in society, and that this is not necessarily a bad thing. Mary Shelley also uses motifs in Frankenstein that help to develop the theme of the loss of innocence. Shelley tracks the creature’s physical and mental journey as he individually faces the corruption that

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