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Huckleberry Finn & Holden Caulfield

 

Huckleberry Finn and Holden Caulfield take a journey into
self-discovery. In " The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn",
Huck Finn is trying to find purpose and identity through
conflicting morals. While Holden Caulfield in " Catcher in
the Rye", is an adolescent struggling to find maturity and
manhood. In comparison, they are both on a journey towards
maturity and identity. Life itself is a journey full of
bonding and experiences which leads to wisdom and
understanding. 

Huck Finn is a young boy deciding which morals to follow.
The quest for what's right is long and confusing. During
his adventure he 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 in 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 speaking as if he is experienced in connection
and bonding, they were always just façades. Holden thinks
he is superior to his environment because he has a false
knowledge of it and its workings. This is best explained by
his reaction to his old friend June with whom he would like
to have a meaningful relationship but can't come to grips
on how to go about it.. In spite of his appearance of
worldliness, he is really a "faker", a type that he
despises. 

Both Huck and Holden must complete their own journeys to
become complete individuals. This journey is only a step on
the staircase of life which ultimately leads to inner-peace
and happiness. Each experience is unique and powerful but
are essential to getting the whole picture.
 
What Huck finally realizes is that life's questions should
be answered from the heart. He also decides that humanity
has evolved into a corrupt species whose ideas aren't worth
the "headache". His answer is to flee society and all of
it's constraints and live in nature where he is free from
civilization. Holden has a tougher decision to make since
he must completely reverse his thinking. The first step is
to realize his hypocrisy which he was able to do. Even
though he was able to achieve this, it couldn't truly solve
his problem and he was forced to seek professional help in
the end. Fortunately, both characters ultimately progress
onto the next step by some means outside the conformity of
normality. 

 




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