Catcher In The Rye Vs. Rule Of The Bone

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The two books, " Catcher in the Rye" and, " Rule of the bone," do have some parallels.

Mostly, the main theme of the stories , a young, confused, boy trying to find himself and attempting to figure out what they want out of life and what life wants out of them. That is pretty much where the similarities ended for me.

First look at the people themselves. Holden Caufield was a financially well off kid, from a private school, he was intelligent, even though he always seemed to be looking for someone to hang out with, he was a independent person. As far as the novel led on he had a decent upbringing aside from the death of his brother. He just had deep- rooted mental problems that required therapy to help him through.

Now Chappie, a.k.a. Bone, was a lower class kid, a public school drop- out, a drug dealing burn out, not very intelligent, when he put out the loner persona he deep down always needed to be around people.

Now he had an awful upbringing. He was molested, which is a enough to mess anyone up right there, but on top of that he always felt like he was fighting for his mothers love and loosing. His problems more came from his wanting rebel for no reason. Anything authority wanted him to do he didn't, and that probably came from his distrust of the closest authority figures to him, his mother and step-father.

As for the mis- adventures of the two boys, not much was the same. Holden spends a brief period of time at his school before he is removed. Then he takes a nice train ride to New York City where he even chats with someone he kind of knows. then he spends...