Huckleberry Finn and Holden Caulfield make take journey into self-discovery.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck Finn is trying to find purpose
and identity through conflicting of morals. While Holden Caulfield in
Catcher in the Rye, is an adolescent struggling to find mature into manhood.
In comparison, they are both on a journey towards maturity and identity.
Life itself is a journey full of bonding and experiences which lead to
wisdom and understanding. Without maturity one may never have these
essential experiences. This leads to an empty shell of a person, never
truly feeling passion, love or peace.
Huck Finn is a young boy deciding which morals to hold true. The quest for
what's right is long and confusing. During his adventure is forced to
choose between his morals and his conscience. When Huck runs into the
bounty hunters he is forced to make one of these decisions.
He must choose
whether to turn his run-away slave friend Jim as his conscience advises or
to trust his morals and protect his friend in need. Fortunately, his will
is strong and he creates an elaborate lie to prevent Jim's capture. Huck
seeks refuge in nature, where right and wrong don't exist and life's beauty
is what is truly important. He mentions that nature is peaceful and he need
not worry about either his morality or conscience but is allowed to ponder
these personal discrepancies.
Holden Caulfield, however, has a much more complex yet equally important
struggle. His struggle is of his own hypocrisy and misunderstanding. This
struggle can be overwhelming for some and it is for Holden who requires
help to come to terms with maturity. Even though he is constantly speaks as
if he is experienced in connection and bonding, they were always just faÃÂ¿