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Juxtaposing Growing Up In The Metamorphosis And The Catcher In The Rye

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While growing up, it is better to try to get involved in society, even violently, rather than alienating one’s self. Growing up can be painful, especially for the protagonists in The Metamorphosis and The Catcher in the rye. The meaning of the work for The catcher in the rye is “People look to approval from others and a sense of belonging to derive their self-worth” and the meaning of the work for the t.m is “Society values only those who are useful to them - those who live without purpose in life are merely a burden”
Holden’s parents are “touchy as hell”(1), and do not take care of him, choosing to send him to boarding schools. Without a strong parental figure, Holden is forced to find another one; his parents are in a way replaced by Mr.Antolini, his English tutor. Gregor samsa has a mixed relation with his parents. He respects them and takes care of them, but he does not get along well with them, choosing to spend most of his time in his room instead of with them (10). He views them as invalids. He does not have much of a social life outside his family, the only other person he seems to interact with a lot is his boss. Gregor loves his sister and is because of her, that he takes up a job he does not like, he makes sure she has pretty dresses to wear and promises to send her to her favorite school.
Allie was probably the most important person in Holden’s life. He calls Allie “ the … nicest, in a lot of ways.” After he dies, Holden reacts violently smashing all the windows in the garage, only stopping because his hands are too injured to continue. Holden is soon forced to grow up, almost in his old life leaves him after Allie’s death and Holden is left without anyone to talk to. Gregor’s metamorphosis causes everyone in the family to “grow up”. Gregor’s parents are left without a source of income, greta’s comforts vanish and Gregor, obviously, metamorphosises. Gregor and his family denies the change at first, but as time goes by they gradually accept the change. Gregor stops drinking milk, his favorite drink, in favor of garbage. This is a sign of him growing up.
After Gregor is turned into a vermin, he is shunned by society and the...

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