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The Great Gatsby vs. The Catcher in the Rye

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Krystal Garcia

on 5 September 2014

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby vs. The Catcher in the Rye

The Great Gatsby and The Catcher and the Rye
The Great Gatsby
Jay Gatsby is established as an independent dreamer who is charming, gracious, and a bit mysterious. He started life with little, as the son of fairly unsuccessful farmers. By the time he was a young man he had even less, having voluntarily estranged himself from his family, unable to come to terms with the lot he had been dealt in life. While on his own, he had the opportunity to reinvent himself, and due solely to his own ingenuity, Jimmy Gatz evolved into Jay Gatsby. As such, life became much different except he was missing one thing, money. Although, he was willing to change all of that for one person, Daisy.
The Great Gatsby vs. Holden Caulfield
Nick and Jay Gatsby are similar to Holden Caulfield. Nick is like Holden in the fact that they both share ideas of having expectations of people and hope, even though society constantly lets them down with multiple examples showing how people act in their natural state. Gatsby and Holden are much alike because they both have these fond ideas of women and their illusion of their American dreams, with Holden its Jane and with Gatsby its Daisy but they are both disappointed when they realize their ideas are just ideas and nothing more.
The Catcher and the Rye
Holden Caulfield is an independent, and a depressed person. Holden resents the adult world and resists entry into it, but he has little choice. Society and his own body are telling him that it is time for him to change. Holden is literally about to crash. Near the beginning as well as the end of the novel, he feels that he will disappear or fall into an abyss when he steps off a curb to cross a street.
Holden's fears and desires are understandable, but his solution (avoiding reality) is impossible. Life is change. His feelings are typically adolescent, feelings shared by virtually everyone who is or ever has been his age.
The Great Gatsby cont.
Nick Carraway is both narrator and participant. Nick has the distinct honor of being the only character who changes substantially from the story's beginning to its end. Nick, just like every man in life has goals. He heads East after World War I, seeking largely to escape the monotony he perceives to permeate the Midwest and to make his fortune. He is an educated man who desires more out of life than the quiet Midwest can deliver. What helps make Nick so remarkable, however, is the way that he has aspirations without being taken in, for example, not allowing himself to become blinded by the glitz that characterizes their lifestyle. When he realizes what his social superiors are really like (shallow, hollow, uncaring, and self-serving), he is disgusted and, rather than continuing to cater to them, he distances himself. In effect, motivated by his conscience, Nick commits social suicide by forcefully pulling away from people like the Buchanans and Jordan Baker. Nick has what many of the other characters lack, personal integrity, and his sense of right and wrong helps to elevate him above the others. Through the course of The Great Gatsby Nick grows, from a man dreaming of a fortune, to a man who knows only too well what misery a fortune can bring.

The Catcher and the Rye
The Great Gatsby vs. The Catcher and the Rye cont.
Nick Carraway and Holden Caulfield is both opposite in the sense of personalities, Nick is very honest, “Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am of the few honest people that I have ever known.”(Fitzgerald 69). Holden Caulfield is the exact opposite, “I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible.” (J.D. Salinger Chapter 3). Although their personalities are polar opposites they some how believe that there is a good in every one and in everythingHolden Caulfield and Nick Carraway believe not in what people strive for, but their passion while doing it. If it’s strong enough , that is what gives others hope and what makes someone good , to have the will power and strength to go after what they desire whether it be women or man
In conclusion, the comparison between
The Great Gatsby
The Catcher in the Rye
, as others, have their similarities and their differences. Although one would not imagine to compare such books, you'd be surprise how much you'd learn from simply just comparing.
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