Comparative Essay

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English III 20 February 2013 Comparative Essay The literary genre in the essay is called bildungsroman. Bildungsroman is a novel that talks about the main characters morals and emotional growth going from youth to adulthood. You could also associate it as a “coming of age” story. The main characters in the stories are struggling with going from childhood to adulthood, which causes many problems for them throughout their journey. Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye and Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower both face many struggles about becoming an adult in these two books. TheCatcher in the Rye is a book that is taking place in the 1950s and is being told by a boy named Holden Caulfield. Holden is 17 years old when he tells us everything. Holden does not specifically say where he is at while he is telling this story, but it is obvious that he is getting treatment in a hospital. The people and events that he talks about all take place right before Christmas break. Holden is going to school at Pencey Prep, which is a private school. He is failing every class, except English, which causes him to be kicked out of school. But he does not want to disappoint his parents again because this will be his third time getting kicked out of a school. He is also afraid since he lost his brother Allie three years ago that it would make things worse. So Holden then runs away from school and takes trains and busses and taxi cabs all over New York. He stays at various hotels and tries to go to all of the bars and drink with the older people. While in New York he encounters many people including the nuns, the prostitute, and his old friend Sally Hayes. He really starts to miss his sister, Phoebe, so he sneaks in his house one night and she was so glad to see him. She gives him all her Christmas money and says she evens wants to go with him when he leaves. But

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