Comparison between "Tom Sawyer" and "The Catcher in the Rye"

Essay by sbbcpJunior High, 9th gradeA+, September 2007

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In this essay I’m going to compare and contrast two interesting books: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain. I will analyze the aspects of the lives of the main characters Holden and Tom, and their points of view.” The Catcher in the Rye” is a story about a teenager called Holden. The story takes place in a modern school in the United States. The other story is older than “The Catcher in the Rye”, and also occurs in that country, but with a younger character, it is called “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”. Both books belong to two different periods in time but they also have many similarities. J.D Salinger, the author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” introduces us to the adventures and feelings of a very unusual, interesting and mysterious character, named Holden.

He’s 17 years old and was recently expelled from school. The story is told in Holden's perspectives. Holden knows how to lie and analyze people. He has a strong personality and does not conform with the rules of society. Holden commentaries about the people he knows are sad, negative, and ironic. He seems to express a sort of hatred towards the entire world.

Mark Twain, the author “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” was known for his humor and for writing many important and interesting books. This story is one of the most known books around the globe. In this book we are transported to another century, were a child named Tom lives. He’s smart, and is one of the biggest liars in literature history, clever and mysteriously he seems to have a lot of life experience, however he’s less than twelve...