The Catcher in the Rye and the Truman Show Essay
‘The Catcher in the Rye’ is an emotional journey of 16 year old Holden Caulfield who is struggling to recognise his identity. Holden’s journey begins at Pencey Prep, one of three schools he attended and was expelled from. Holden then narrates as through the events following his expulsion from Pencey Prep and his eagerness to avoid his parent’s …show more content…
Holden’s perception of others is very judgemental. The word “phoney” is used many times throughout the book mostly describing people he has met and Hollywood especially movies. Again, this (phoney) is a trait that Holden also takes on himself. He often lies to appease other people, like when he met Ernie’s mother on the train. He tells her what a “swell guy” Ernie is, when Holden admits that he actually does not like Ernie at all. When Holden is describing his sister Phoebe, he shows a very biased opinion of her, referring to her as beautiful and very intelligent; however in his description of her this does not seem likely.
Perception is thoroughly explored in ‘The Truman Show’. Truman Burbank was a baby chosen to be filmed as part of a TV show every day. The director of this show, Christof, described the show “while the world he inhabits is in some respects counterfeit, there’s nothing fake about Truman