Parental Play : The Great Gatsby By F. Scott L. Salinger Essay

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Parental Figures Play a Major Role in the Growth of a Child
Parents can be instrumental in helping a child figure out who they are. Without having someone serve as a parental figure, children would lack an example; they would not understand how to approach things; however, if those children have someone to help them, their path would be much easier to follow. Amir, from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and Holden, from The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, both look to adults for the parental guidance that they do not receive, but while Rahim Khan helps Amir become a more responsible and truthful person. Holden’s would-be mentors fail him and his dad is not there for him. When someone tries to mentor Holden, he lets that person’s advice go without taking it in. Contrasting the roles that mentor characters play in the two novels highlights a fundamental difference between them: unlike The Kite Runner, in The Catcher in the Rye, Holden’s mentors do not affect Holden to a level where he changes and succeeds. Ultimately, examining the roles of parental figures in the two novels demonstrates that parental authority can have a major effect on how someone develops.

Holden Caulfield lacks a true father figure; his father does not seem to care for his son. Holden’s father does not realize that he has to be present in Holden’s life

2 in order to help him. Phoebe states, “Daddy can’t come. He has to fly to California” (Salinger 210). Phoebe and Holden both realize that their…

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