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Growing Up A Comparison Essay

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Throughout many experiences we have all had the most astounding would have to most probably be the transition from adolescents to adults. There is no way that anyone can avoid it, if they want to progress on with their lives. “Time Stops for No one, Be you rich or poor...”.By reading the Catcher in the Rye and watching the movie Stand by me, the audience has been given this wisdom being able to experience it through the plots of both stories. However, the more profound realizations come from the recognition of the symbols in each story and how they relate to the main characters lives as a whole. In Catcher in the Rye and Stand by Me the main characters, Geordie LaChance (from Stand By Me), and Holden Caulfield (from Catcher in the Rye) are going through the change from adolescence to adulthood and many literary devices help them describe to the audience this change in a very personal perspective. These main points throughout the stories made by the use of theme, symbolism, and motif which are an important part of why J.D. Salinger, author of Catcher in the Rye, and Stephen King, who originally wrote the story for which Stand By Me is based on were so successful in capturing attention of people going through the change and giving them wisdom with the knowledge they provide within the stories.
One of the main parts of each story that showed similarity were the parts that related to symbolism. Even though each novel had its own significant symbols, many correlated from each story. One of these examples would be the symbol of Allie’s baseball glove, from catcher in the rye, and the hat of Geordie’s brother. They both symbolized how both main characters had matured into finer adults after they had gone through the pain of their loved one dying. This is evident in stand by me when Geordie, knowing that he isn’t living to the popularity of his brother with football, decides that he won’t be part of his old life showing a moving on of sorts, to a newer and more unique life for himself. Holden even comments about his brother’s great academic performance saying “and my brother Allie, the one that died, that I told you about, was a wizard. I'm the only really dumb one”(Pg – Ln - and this tells about he too is trying to live up to an example that his brother left behind for him. This creates tension throughout their everyday lives, in stand by me Geordie is ignored by his mother because he never really showed potential like his brother yet his father still pushes him making it a very difficult situation for Geordie going through his transition into his older years.
The next main factor that was demonstrated in both these stories was the theme of “transitioning from the short-lived and happy life of a child into the hard, somewhat difficult life of an experienced adult” In both Catcher in the Rye and in Stand by Me this theme of experience is the basis on which these plots are built and create a bunch of characters that are halfway in the process of the...

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