Igby Goes Down

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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 respective protagonists of these two texts are Igby Slocumb and Holden Caulfield. These two characters are both a journey mofit, a journey of self discovery in which they both attempt to find the meaning in life and understand societies values and attitudes. 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. This hypocrisy is present in schools, families, and in people's values and relationships. Igby's non-conformist behaviour is evident through his values and beliefs, his appearance, wardrobe and lighting present wilst viewing the text. whereas Holden's rebellion is demonstrated through symbolism throughout the text, stream of consciousness and his ideals. Holden and Igby are both on existential journey, in which they desire to find their place in society. The hypocrisy present in the corresponding texts of Catcher In The Rye and Igby Goes Down is manifested through Holden's ideals and Igby's values and beliefs. The language of Igby clearly reveals how he feels towards the concept hypocrisy, he despises it. Holden loathes people who he says are phony or fake. Igby's hate hypocrisy can be exhibited through his quote "The captain of the morality team invites his chic to the party as his wife "and then later on "embrace your moral hypocrisy, D.H., go for it.". D.H. is Igby's godfather/father and is often seen as Igby's lifeline back into society, D.H. is presented as a wealthy, honest and hard-working man but this is just a facade which Igby peals away to reveal the true form of
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