The Catcher in the Rye and the Perks of Being a Wallflower in Contrast

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Youth need nurturing and supportive environment to live a healthy, stable and productive life. This is evident in the two novels The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In these novels, the teenage male protagonists are in transition towards adulthood. Holden and Charlie both go through a traumatic loss of a family member that they are close to. Due to these traumatic incidents, both young men continue behave in ways that cause them more grief later in their stories. These series of actions result in alienation from friends and family. Holden and Charlie go through several trials and obstacles due to the lack of a nurturing, safe and supportive environment during the time of posttraumatic healing. A key part of Holden and Charlie's character involves their reaction to death of a loved one Holden faces the loss of his brother Allie, and Charlie faces the loss of his Aunt Helen. The two characters also deal with the deaths of their family members in very different ways. Holden entertains himself with thoughts of suicide every time he feels alienated. For instance, Holden plays with the idea of suicide and fantasizes about it after his interaction with Maurice. "Then I'd crawl back to my room and call up Jane and have her come over and bandage up my guts. I pictured her holding a cigarette for me to smoke while I was bleeding and all." (Salinger,104) In this quote, Holden is flirting with death as he imagines himself getting shot and bleeding relentlessly. On the other hand, Charlie does not go to thoughts of suicide to cope. "… Bob said he heard it before, and he heard that it was some kid's suicide note. I really hope it wasn't because then I don’t know if I like the ending." (Chbosky, 73). In this quote, Charlie mentions how he does not like the idea of suicide after he analyzes the poem he reads to Patrick. Charlie often refers to his

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