The Catcher in the Rye - the Dead Poets Society

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The Catcher in the Rye/The Dead Poets Society

Holden Caufield, narrator and main character in The Catcher in the Rye, is a young man coming of age, searching for who he is and what he wants to be in life. Holden wants to escape the conformity and others expectations. He came from a fairly wealthy family whose parents are estranged in a way. John Keating, a new English instructor played by Robin Williams in The Dead Poets Society, uses bold teaching techniques to motivate his pupils. This causes his students to rebel against school and parental norms. Could a teacher like Keating with his un-uniformed teaching methods tap into Holden's potential? In this essay I will argue that he could not.
Holden Caufield is a troubled young man, alienating himself from his peers and the world around him. He also manages to get kicked out of prep school for the third time. I think Holden failing every class except English is not due to a lack of intelligence, but a way of rebelling against the expectations of others and avoiding becoming like everyone else. He feels most people are phony, yet in a way Holden is a phony also. According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, "Phoniness is described as artificial, counterfeit, or hypocritical." These are all actions displayed by Holden at several times throughout the novel. Phony is one of the words heavily used by Holden to describe the actions of others, but not himself. Before judging others he should take a look at himself to evaluate his faults. Throughout all the encounters with different people in the book he is easily the phoniest of all the characters. For example, he says cruel things about people such as Ackley, yet still wants to be around and hang out with Ackley. Claiming dislike for another person while simultaneously behaving like a friend is a phony trait. Also, he stresses his hate for movies, yet talks about catching a movie every chance he gets. He even acts out his own movie scenes.

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