F. Scott Fitzgerald 's Catcher Rye And Sean Penn 's ' Into The Wild '

1118 Words Jul 11th, 2016 5 Pages
It is clear that in society people are often incapable of forming profound relationships. Problems relating to someones home or family life, and the connections they find within that, can lead to people breaking away in order to seek, and form, more substantial connections elsewhere. This is portrayed within J.D. Salinger’s ‘Catcher In The Rye’, and Sean Penn’s ‘Into The Wild’. Holden and Christopher share similar triggers for the beginning of their journeys, namely the break down of relationships within their home lives, while also meeting a host of remarkable characters before their eventual realisation that happiness is found at the hearth.

Although Holden and Christopher travel very different journeys, they share close similarities regarding their home life and their inability to connect. Christopher struggles to forgive his parents both for his troubled upbringing and the lies they told him about their marriage. The knowledge that he and his sister were born out of wedlock, ‘struck at the core of Chris’ sense of identity’ and ‘made his entire childhood seem like fiction’. This deception was the cause behind Christopher’s troubled relationship with his parents, thus contributing significantly to his later break away from society in order to seek true happiness within the wild. His parents dishonesty also led to his loss of faith in society and their beliefs, specifically in the concepts of ‘the American dream’ and that materialistic wealth equates to happiness. However,…

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