The Search for Self in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Catcher in the Rye

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Search for self in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye Everyone wants to know who they are, and why they were put here. People often wonder about their futures and what kind of person they really are. In the novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye, both of the protagonists, despite the different settings, the other characters, their restrictions and the different people that they are, are searching for the same thing - themselves. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a timeless tale of a young boy who escapes his society that keeps trying to "sivilise" him and retreats down the Mississippi river with a runaway slave. On his journey he meets many different kinds of people on the banks of the river, …show more content…
He tries to escape into a series of ideal worlds (trowbridge p.22). Although he himself is guilty of the phoniness he sees in others, he does not see it in himself. He differs however in that he still has genuinely passionate feelings that have atrophied in what we would now call conformist clones. (French 65) Most of the characters in Huck Finn influence Huck in a negative way. at home, people keep trying to "sivilize" him. On the river, all the people he meets try to seduce him into a materialistic, unmoral life. Huck almost never makes a moral judgment . He is a magnificent observer. (Hoffman 32)If it were not for the other characters in the book, Huck would not have trouble doing the right thing. The only character with a positive influence on him is Jim. Jim is a person who has morals and despite the fact that he is a slave, Huck is able to befriend him. Holden would like to think he does not let the people around him affect him, but in reality they do. He hates the phoniness in the world, but actually, Holden has become everything he despises. Although most of the people around him want him to be happy, they tend to have an opposite effect. They cause him to be what he hates. The only person who has a positive effect on Holden is his sister, Phoebe. Phoebe makes Holden want to succeed for her. Holden just wants to escape and the only thing that keeps him going is his sister. Huck wants to get away from civilization and escape to the river, which

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