Compare And Contrast Alice In Wonderland And Catcher In The Rye

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It has been said that “the turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.” Although, for many, it is difficult to find this strength making growing up seem frightening. This process and struggle reaching adulthood is shown in both Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Alice in Wonderland is a story of a little girl named Alice whose fantasies take her a made up, crazy land called Wonderland, in which she meets many different curious creatures. The Catcher in the Rye is about a sixteen year old boy named Holden who just got kicked out of his school and is roaming around New York City looking for a way to escape his unavoidable …show more content…
However Holden’s journey in New York City is very different from Alice’s journey through Wonderland. While Alice is literally travelling through Wonderland, Holden, although roaming New York, goes on more of a mental journey. Also their journeys work in opposite directions. Holden had already grown out of his childhood and is journeying towards a place where time freezes and nothing changes. 0n the other hand, Alice is on a child’s journey showing her growing and maturing. While her journey works with the flow of time, Holden’s battles against it. Holden has already grown out of his childhood and is journeying towards a place where time freezes and nothing changes. Yet, despite Holden’s wishes, the world, including Holden, still …show more content…
Although this journey is inevitable, Holden and Alice are not necessarily happy about it. Alice too preoccupied with her fantasies to talk her future very much. However, when seeing her older sister reading a book with no pictures and acting sophisticated, she draws the conclusion that adulthood is boring and dreary. Other than this she gives her adult life little thought. Holden, on the other hand, can 't focus on anything other than the fact that he 's growing up and is not looking forward to his future. When his teacher begins to talk to him about what is to come and how he should turn his life around before it 's too late he remarks “I [don’t] like hearing him say that. It [makes] me sound like Im dead or something. It [is] very depressing” (Salinger 18). Just the thought growing and the world around him changing disheartens

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