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The Catcher in the Rye & The Children's Island: two portraits of a growing boy's confrontations with reality
2006 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this essay is to compare and analyze the two main characters in The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger and The Children’s Island by PC Jersild, to see what sets them apart and what similarities they have. The reason for focusing on these two characters specifically is to see if a change in the nuclear family has any effect on the boys’ maturity. To see if their family relations and their environment have any effect on the boys’ lives. Growing up is never easy, you are always searching for yourself and your own identity, trying to make a difference in the world but foremost in your own life. Holden Caulfield and Reine Larsson are two very separate individuals. There are a lot of things that separate these two boys, among other things, their social situation and the way each boy handles his search for answers and problems, but they have one thing that binds them together, their hatred of adults. However, despite their differences, Reine and Holden also have a few fundamental things in common. Both of them are afraid that their childhood is coming to an end and that adult life is waiting around the corner. They also have the same notion that the impending adult life will bring nothing but a lot of trouble. Perhaps it depends on the fact that both boys feel betrayed by their parents. They are searchers, searching for an identity of their own and their own place in society. Holden wants to know who he really is and Reine wants to know if he really exists.

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Keyword [en]
Humanities Theology, English literature
Keyword [sv]
Humaniora, Teologi
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-53537ISRN: LTU-DUPP--06/132--SELocal ID: a8c4d6ea-6959-4484-8184-1137d93b314dOAI: diva2:1026912
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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