Through the bildungsroman novel, “The Catcher in the Rye” written by J.D. Salinger, and the 2002 film, “Igby Goes Down” directed by Burr Steers, each composer examines their respective contextual society’s emphasis on conformity (or non-conformity) of youth. As Steer’s film is an appropriation of Salinger’s text, very similar themes and opinions are presented; however they are affected by both context and medium in the way each is conveyed. Despite each text’s contextual differences, each composer’s purpose remains the same; to convey the positive and negative aspects of non-conformism through their individual protagonists, Holden Caulfield and Jason Igby Slocumb Jr., on the mental and physical health of general contemporary youth.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and Igby Goes Down by Burr Steers are both displayed as rites of passage texts. Both composers’ present the notion of non-conformity. Salinger and Steers express how individuals are pressured to conform to society’s values and beliefs. The two protagonists are anti–heroes and demonstrate non-conformity; they rebel against the apparent hypocrisy present in their respective societies. Salinger and Steers portray the ideals of non-conformity through symbols, appearance, actions and society’s conventional expectations in the respective texts to demonstrate rejection to society’s values and beliefs.
a journey of self discovery in which they both attempt to find the meaning in life and understand societies values and attitudes.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and Igby Goes Down by Burr Steers are both displayed as rites of passage texts.
The two protagonists demonstrate non-conformity and rebel against the apparent hypocrisy present in their respective societies.
Hypocrisy can be defined as the difference between illusion and reality, in accordance to society it can be seen in people who are not what they appear to be, people who apply a facade.
Igby's non-conformist behaviour is...