The Catcher In The Rye And Into The Wild Essay

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The catcher in the rye and into the wild People tend to lose themselves in this materialistic society. In the process of discovering who they truly are; they might need to take a journey of spiritual self- discovery which could take honesty and soul searching. Holden from “The Catcher in the Rye” and Chris from “Into the Wild” seem to be struggling with themselves and society. Both are on a journey of spiritual self-discovery. The decisions they made caused their lives to have different outcomes. Holden’s journey of self-discovery is full of sadness and depression and a fall from innocence. Holden believes that everyone is innocent, but they inevitably lose it by the time they are adults. He believes that innocence is lost in childhood and thinks that he can protect children from losing their pureness by becoming the catcher in the rye. The Catcher in the Rye, is like Peter Pan, helping children and keeping them safe from falling off the cliff of innocence into adulthood. But the reality of the world has hit him over and over again. For example, when Holden saw “Fuck you” written on the wall of Phoebe’s school, he said, “It drove me damn near crazy. I thought how Phoebe and all the other kids would see it, and how they’d wonder what the hell it meant, and then finally some dirty kid would tell them –all cockeyed, naturally what it meant, and how they’d think about it for a couple of days. I kept wanting to kill whoever’d written.”(201) He realizes he can’t erase even half of the word and his dream of been the protector of children’s pure hearts has been ruined by this one statement. Holden is feeling lonely and depressed and doesn’t want to be alone with his thoughts. He constantly asks people to join him for a cocktail, from the cab driver to the prostitute. This implies that he is desperate for someone to talk to and it could be anyone. Holden feels isolated

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