F. D. Salinger 's ' The Rye ' Essay

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However, my argument is that McCandless was a dreamer and an explorer; an admirable person with worthwhile ethics.
The experiences which shaped McCandless’s character began when he was a young boy. He grew up in a household where dysfunction was the norm. Therefore, his first stage in the Hero’s Journey, his “Ordinary World” was one of hurt and family dysfunction, as there were issues such as adultery surrounding McCandless’s childhood. McCandless’s upbringing is easily comparable to that of Holden Caulfield, in J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. Both young men, McCandless and Caufield, have problems with common social interactions. However, Caulfield 's social issues are much more obvious than McCandless’s. For example, throughout the novel, Caulfield is proven to be a compulsive liar. He lies to a woman on the train by making up a fake identity and telling fibs about his true story. This, and other issues like it, are the reasons why Caulfield can only dream of meaningful relationships and interactions with others. McCandless, on the other hand, is quite talented in the art of small talk, and getting people to like him. According to Chris’s family, he was always a very social person and people were attracted to him easily. “ ‘Even when he was little,’ says Carine, who was born three years after Chris, ‘he was very to himself. He wasn’t antisocial- he always had friends, and everybody liked him.” (107) This differs greatly from Caulfield, who had trouble making…

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