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Compare And Contrast Between Juno And Catcher In The Rye

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The main protagonists Juno and Holden of movie Juno and the book Catcher in the Rye, have main thing in common, they have not yet accepted the fact they play a role in society, communicating with the people around them, and with their families. Where they differ is in the problems they face. Juno's main problem is that she becomes pregnant at a young age which is considered to be a life changing event by societal standards. The main source of Holden’s problems comes from result of the death of his little brother Allie who had Leukemia and his inability to cope with it. Despite many differences that the main protagonists have, it is true to say that both Juno and Holden go through times of ...view middle of the document...

She acts like she has no care for how she acts in society as she dresses like a boy throughout the movie despite the social expectations of high school but in reality she judges people on stereotypes that she ignores. Juno also looks for the truth in others, while she is finding a family that she feels is good enough to parent her child she is very meticulous about how the couple should be. Juno tries to get a family that she envisions as the so called “perfect family.”

Throughout both the movie and the book Juno and Holden have to overcome manly hurdles that deal with their past. Based on their past they try to create a positive future as a means of forgetting the past and moving on, which proves harder for Holden than Juno. In his past Holden deals with the death of his younger brother Allie to Leukemia, when he hears about Allies sudden death he goes into a fit of rage smashing the windows in his garage until he badly hurts his hand. Holden is still emotionally attached to Allie even after some years since his passing. He carries around his brother's baseball glove and doesn’t tell many people about it as it is something special that only he should remember Allie by. However Holden cannot deal with the pain in an adult or mature fashion. Juno on the other hand copes with her past more effectively and tries not to have it define her as a person. While she is still young Juno’s biological mother leaves the family and every year she sends Juno a cactus to remind her she is still there. This...

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