Catcher in the Rye and Dead Poetry Society Compression

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Catcher In The Rye and Dead Poets Society Essay Sometimes in literature, two different forms of writing tell two different stories with lots of similarities through characters. The book The Catcher and The Rye by J. D Salinger and the movie The Dead Poets Society directed by Peter Weir is a perfect example of two different literary works that share similarities through characters. The Dead Poet Society follows half a school year of 5 main characters at Welton Academy each with a different connection to Holden Caulfield the main character from The Catcher in the Rye.

These 6 main characters are Neil Perry, the smart one, Richard Cameron, the sycophant, Todd Anderson, who is exceeding shy, Knox Overstreet, the romantic, and Charlie Dalton, the rebel. Holden experience all of these characteristics at some point or another during the Catcher In The Rye. Holden Caulfield is an intelligent 16 year old boy who has suicidal thoughts. He contemplates suicide and death many times throughout the book. Unlike Holden, Neil Perry actually follows through with his one thought to be only way out plan to cease the control his father had over his life.

Neil and Holden both have a bad relationship with their fathers. Neil’s father wants him to become and doctor and Holden’s father was never really around. Neil wanted to become and actor but his father wouldn’t allow it, so when he found out that he proceeded with acting behind his back he told him he couldn’t go back to school. this caused Neil to get very mad and upset and not know what to do, so he killed himself. Neil thought he didn’t have anyone to stay alive for, whereas Holden has his sister who he doesn’t want to lose her innocence. Both characters have issues with their fathers and think about suicide.

Another character who compares to Holden is Todd Anderson. Todd is a shy boy who doesn’t have a strong relationship with either of his parents and is living in the shadow of his older brother. Holden is also in a way living in the shadow of his deceased younger brother Allie. Allie died of leukemia at a young age and it changed his entire family, it also sent Holden spiraling downhill. In Holden’s eyes, his brother Allie was perfect; his hair was perfect, always saying the right thing, and being loved by everyone. The same goes with Todd’s brother, everybody knows him and loves him, and he’s lways doing the right thing. Todd’s older brother, whose name was not mentioned, was valedictorian a couple of years ago, causing the administration to assume that he will be a great student, when in reality Todd is as shy as mouse. Both characters have family problems and eventually overcome them by the end of their literary works. In conclusion two different forms of literary works can compare to each other just by evaluating the characters. The book The Catcher in the Rye, and the movie The Dead Poet Society are perfect examples of such.

Two characters from The Dead Poet Society that really connect with Holden are Neil Perry, and Todd Anderson. They all of parent problems, and Todd is living in the shadow of his brother as is Holden. Also as Holden would say “oh it killed me. “, Neil took that saying to another level and actually committed suicide by putting a gun to his head. There are many other examples of compression between the two literary works, but these two stick out the most when comparing characters to Holden Caulfield. BIB Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown, 1951. Print. Peter. Dead Poet Society. 1989. Movie

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