The Catcher in the Rye and the Truman Show Essay

1576 Words Nov 22nd, 2011 7 Pages
J.D Salinger explores many ideas of identity in his book ‘The Catcher in the Rye’; these ideas include ego, expression, personality, environment and perception. The author uses many features such as first person narration to express these ideas of identity. Identity is a common theme in many works including ‘The Truman Show’ directed by Peter Weir and poem ‘Life-Cycle’ written by Bruce Dawe.
‘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
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Many times throughout the novel Holden finds himself thinking about her and wanting to all her, but does not claiming he does not want his parents to find out about his expulsion through her mother. This is a similar circumstance to ‘The Truman Show’. Truman spends his life thinking about a girl he had not seen for years and often considers seeking her out although his fears prevent him from doing so.

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

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