The Great Gatsby/ the Catcher in the Rye

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THE GREAT GATSBY/ THE CATCHER IN THE RYE The characters of Holden Caulfield and Jay Gatsby share similar ideals and dreams in their lives. In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield has difficulty finding a way to understand how one can change from an innocent child to an adult. He tries to help preserve this innocence in his sister Phoebe, but she sees that he is one that needs her help, in becoming an adult. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby is blinded by his love for Daisy to the point that he will go to any length to protect her. His love and devotion for Daisy resulted in him overlooking the reality before him, and would ultimately get him killed. Holden Caulfield and Jay Gatsby both make the effort to generate what they have idealized in their dreams a reality, but doing so is not possible, as their realities cannot be changed. In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield struggles with accepting that what his ideals are in his life are not what actually exist in the outside world. Holden has experienced several traumatic loses in his life that have caused him to believe in what he does. In Holden’s mind, after his younger brother Allie’s death, all children are incapable of seeing the complexity of the adult world. He sees them all as innocent children, but cannot understand that this innocence diminishes as the children become adults. If you copy this essay your teacher will know. An example of someone Holden tried to keep innocent was Jane Gallagher. Holden idealizes Jane. When he is not with her, which for most of the time he is not, he wishes that he was. He tries to call her multiple times, but he always finds a reason not to. In Holden’s mind, these excuses are real and valid, but he is so blinded by his affection for her that he is unable to see that he is the one creating the excuses. By not

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