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Old 04-26-2003, 02:52 PM   #1
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Term Paper Help

Hey guys.. this is in the "General" section ^^ hopefully some1 knows and can help me out...

Should The Catcher in The Rye be read as a criticism of American Life? In th is respect, is it at all comparable to F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby? How?

Any help would be greatly appreciated... i got a thesis and outline due monday and no idea!
Old 04-26-2003, 03:55 PM   #2
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Holden would Kick Gatsby's ass

First thing I can think of is a comparison between the people and things Holden calls "phony" and Gatsby. It's been at least 10 - 12 years since I read either one of them, there might be something better, this is just the first thing I can think of.

Gatsby was completely white trash New Rich. He was Tacky and dressed badly (there is a section about him wearing some kind of woven gold lame' shirt). But, Gatsby was also living the American dream, and that's pretty much all he wanted. He needed to be phony, but it wasn't natural, and it showed thru.

Holden, on the other hand, comes from a pretty well off family, but that is not what he wants. He doesn't want to be rich or powerful or have people like/ respect him. All he wants is truth (his quest for non-phonyness).

Don't blame me if you get a bad grade.
Old 04-26-2003, 06:13 PM   #3
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lol man thanks for you help... yea i kno its been a whil prob for most of you guys . If any 1 else can contribute it would help alot thanks


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