Catcher In The Rye Comparative Essay

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Both authors; J.D Salinger and DBC Pierre, use innocence as a theme in both protagonist's lives to show growth and experience. J.D Salinger uses this through his character, Holden Caulfield, who wants to become 'the catcher in the rye' and be able to 'catch' all the innocent from becoming corrupt. DBC Pierre uses his character, Vernon Gregory Little to show innocence in a different way which is that Vernon is being accused of a crime to which he is innocent. Both authors use innocence as a starting point to their stories from where the protagonists progress. The Catcher in the Rye does not give any details of the story on the front cover; it does not even include details on the back of the cover. This gave me the feeling of isolation from the protagonist, Holden, as he dislikes almost every person he meets and almost everyone in society. Salinger shows this by having Holden accusing many people of being phonies. An example of this can be found in how he says that teachers are "phonies" in how they "act like teachers." To Holden, everything is very black and white as he see's almost every character…show more content…
The small boy on the cover is holding an American flag, which gave the idea of patriotism which is something of a strong aspect in America. My thoughts then changed as I realised the author is actually Australian. I looked up DBC Pierre on the internet to find that DBC actually stands for "dirty but clean" and his real name is Peter Finlay. He was born in Reynella, Australia in 1961 but was brought up in Mexico City, although he also lived in Texas for a sufficient time. As I had already being told about the book by a friend as well as reading the details on the back cover I knew a small amount of knowledge of the text. This included themes such as death, innocence and

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