The Rye And The Stranger Essay

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The two protagonists in catcher in the rye and the stranger are cast as outsiders throughout the novel due to their neglect of social propriety, their own emotional connection with others, and relationship with death.

Holden and Meursault both refuse to behave as they are expected to therefore confining themselves to social isolation. Holden believes that those who follow social propriety are phonies. To neglect behaviour expected of him Holden chooses to drink, go to clubs, smoke, and constantly lie for no reason. In chapter 3 Holden says “I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It’s awful. If I’m on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I’m going, I’m liable to say I’m going to the opera. It’s terrible.” In this quote Holden acknowledges his need to lie. By telling others stories about himself that are not true he limits his ability to build genuine relationships with others. An example of Holden lying is when he pretends he is Rudolf Shmidt to the woman he met on the train. Later regretting his decision of lying about who he was because he ends of liking the woman he says, “ I liked her though, I was beginning to feel sort of sorry I’d told her my name was Rudolf Schmidt.” Where Holden will go off on a tangent of grandious lies that result in his isolation, Mersaults inability to tell the whitest lies result in his isolation. In chapter ___ Mersault’s lawyer tries to play on Mersaults words to build a strong case…

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