Salinger And The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian By Sherman Alexie
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Every person in the world belongs to a culture. Many times people categorize a person’s culture based on his or her ethnical orientation. The United States is often called the “melting pot” of cultures and ethnic diversity. Although there is a high range of diversity, oftentimes cultures tend to segregate themselves from others due to different values, societal rules, and beliefs. The novels The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie both show two very different cultures that are present in the United States. The individualistic values present in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and the collectivistic ideals present in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie show the difference in cultures and how each character challenges how their culture believes they should act as young adults.
To fully understand the difference in cultural views towards the coming of age, it is primarily important to understand the individualistic culture of Holden Caufield in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. An individualistic culture focuses on the goals of a singular person and believes that a person is in control of his or her own destiny. Holden is a young man that comes from a wealthy family from New York. The family has sent Holden to a number of private boarding schools for him to achieve the best education so that…