Essay on Catcher in the Rye

1244 Words May 15th, 2013 5 Pages
Distinguishing minds in their own isolations
J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye is widely recognized as one of the most self-destructive novels ever written. The novel’s protagonist Holden Caulfield is known for his anti-social behavior and his self-loathing, self-isolating character in the book. Holden’s traits could widely be compared to Napoleon Dynamite the protagonist of the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite directed by Jared Hess. Napoleon is characterized by his clichéd “school nerd” behavior and of course his own self-isolating habit just like Holden. Like Holden, Napoleon tries to put down people to isolate him from others. But even though Holden and Napoleon are alike on how they assume the traits of the people they meet,
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Holden and Napoleon are both very judgmental when comes to meeting people. Napoleon can sometimes avoid putting down people and actually give complements to people who he hangs out with like Pedro. “Pedro: Do you think people would vote for me? Napoleon: Heck yes! I’d vote for you. Pedro: Like what are my skills? Napoleon: Well, you have a sweet bike. And you're really good at hooking up with chicks. Plus you're like the only guy at school who has a mustache.” (Hess, Napoleon/ Pedro). Napoleon respects Pedro’s ability to be able to run for class president as well as he compliments Pedro by telling him his skills instead of putting him down unlike Holden who puts down Ackley as he is introduced in the novel.
“He was one of these very, very tall, round-shouldered guys – he was about six four – with lousy teeth. The whole time he roomed next to me, I never even once saw him brush his teeth. They always looked mossy and awful…besides that he had a lot of pimples. Not just on his forehead or his chin, like most guys, but all over his whole face. And not only that, he had a terrible personality. He was also sort of a nasty guy.” (Salinger, 19). Holden puts down Ackley as he is introduced to the reader; this is how Holden feels for Ackley whom he lived next door with for years which differs completely from Napoleon who supports Pedro running for class president in terms of judging others and the people they

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