Similarities Between Catcher In The Rye And Into The Wild

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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
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Christopher initially began his story with the belief that he would find true happiness away from his family, his society and any human connection. However by the end of the movie, his views had completely changed and he now thought that ‘Happiness is only real when shared’, and dreamed of seeing his family one last time. He had learnt that ‘to forgive is to love’ and this knowledge put him at peace with his family and with himself. By the end of the movie, Christopher had learnt, that if he were to return home emboldened with the knowledge from his journey, he could have been happy. Unlike Christopher, Holden was able to be saved from himself by one of his family members. Phoebe’s innocent love towards her brother made him feel ‘so damn happy all of a sudden’ and teaches him that you can’t protect kids from growing up, ‘you have to let them do it, and not say anything’. The connection between Phoebe and Holden results in him promising to home, and thus getting help for himself. Each of these young men learnt that happiness can be found with those you are closest to, and that sometimes all you need to do to be happy is to go home.

Within Catcher In The Rye and Into The Wild, both protagonists form many valuable connections with the characters they meet, which enables them to form new connections with those they already know. In order to find happiness, Holden and Christopher broke away from their families, from all that they knew, only to learn that true happiness was at their doorstep the entire time. Perhaps they simply needed to break away in order to begin

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