Comparing Catcher In The Rye And Into The Wild

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There is nothing as pointless as getting caught up trying to slow down time, and losing attachment to the moment you're in. Chris Mccandless and Holden Caulifield in Into the Wild by John Krakaur and Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger are searching for belonging but are stuck in fantasy belief of humanity. Holden and Chris, only search for innocence, and are blind to the fact that our society is prone to change into an experienced place. Toward the end of both their stories, they are finally able to come to realize that experience isn't so bad. Catcher in the Rye by: J.D. Salinger is about a teenager named Holden Caulifield that is having trouble finding his place in the world due to his harsh opinion about anything and everything. He …show more content…
Holden's favorite people, Allie and Jane, were exempt from the rest of the worlds “phoniness.” Holden knew Jane very well as a kid because Jane and Holden used to play chess together. There was something about Jane's style of Chess play that Holden was very interested in, “She wouldn't move any of her kings...She'd get them all lined up in the back row. Then she'd never use them. She just liked the way they all looked in the back row.” (Salinger 36) Holden admired how Jane kept her kings in the back row. Keeping kings in the back row gives the player no chance of winning. You need to move your kings forward to capture the other players pieces. Jane keeping her kings in the back row is an example of Jane staying innocent. Holden enjoys this style of play because he enjoys innocence as well. Where Catcher in the Rye starts out, Holden hasn't seen Jane in years. Holden repeatedly wants to visit her, but he never does, "Jane Gallagher. Jesus ... I couldn't get her off my mind. I really couldn't. 'I oughta go down and say hello to her, at least.'" (Salinger 36) He brings up seeing Jane another time on the next page, "I oughta go down and at least say hello to her," I said. (Salinger 37) Holden decides against seeing Jane because he can't be sure that Jane is still the innocent girl that he knew. He has such a good memory of innocence with Jane, and if Jane is now experienced, Holden does not want to know. Another innocent character favored by Holden is his brother Allie. “But it wasn't just that he was the most intelligent member in the family. He was also the nicest, in lots of ways. He never got mad at anybody.” (Salinger 41) Holden loved his brother so much and loosing him changed his life forever. He never talks about any of the bad things Allie did because he wants to preserve only the innocent things about Allie. As well as people, Holden likes places that stay consistent. “Certain

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