Salinger 's ' The Rye ' And ' Hamlet ' Essay

1804 Words May 21st, 2016 8 Pages
When we are born in the first place, we all are blank canvases that desire to be painted. Our family members, the artists who stroke the foundation of our personalities, play a crucial role in our life journeys either by inspiring us through our roads of trail or destroying us through their ruthless actions.The Catcher in the Rye, a fictional novel by J.D. Salinger, and Hamlet, a well-written play by Shakespeare, portray the influence that family has given to Holden and Hamlet, the main characters in the books. Although Holden grows up in the 1950s’ America, where nascent social rebellions started emerging, and Hamlet is identified as the Prince of the rotten state of Denmark, J.D Salinger and William Shakespeare manage to present these two teenage boys with plenty of similarities. Suffering from bereavement, both Hamlet and Holden develop a degree of mental instability, which redefines them as person and explains the choices made during their journeys; however, compared to the love and support that Holden receives from his family throughout his trials, Hamlet family members only show a sense of aloofness and ruthlessness interacting with Prince Hamlet, and the difference between their family atmosphere lead them to distinct outcomes. The survivor guilt that Holden develops after his brother Allie’s death haunts him like a ghost and contribute significantly to his rebellious actions and depression. Holden, who are constantly praising Allie while complaining about…

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