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The Impact Of History On Culture And Authors

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The Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby were written twenty-six years apart, both right after world wars. Historically, they are quite different. The Great Gatsby took place during a time where money was quite easy to come by and everything was going well for most people. However, The Catcher in the Rye takes place in the midst of the Cold War and the fight against communism. The Catcher in the Rye is also strongly influenced by the time that its author, J.D. Salinger, spent in the military fighting on the front lines in World War Two. The historical events that took place before and during those time periods greatly influenced the culture and the authors writing the novels.
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Jay Gatsby did everything he could to get Daisy away from Tom Buchanan. He even took responsibility for the the murder of Myrtle. Yet, Daisy did not go with Gatsby when he asked her to. She turned the other way and stayed with Tom even though it was a loveless marriage. Tom and Daisy Buchanan where very careless people. They did what they wanted, when they wanted and didn’t care who was harmed. Both of Buchanans had affairs, Tom with Myrtle and Daisy with Gatsby. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made”(179). In both instances someone was left to deal with the mess that the Buchanans made. After Gatsby and Myrtle’s death, the Buchanan's packed up and left the country as if they were just leaving for vacation. They didn’t have to deal with the consequences that resulted from their actions.
The Catcher in the Rye written by J.D. Salinger, was published in 1951, six years after the second World War and in the midst of the Cold War. J.D. Salinger fought in the front lines during World War Two which clearly influenced his writing and the protagonist’s views on growing up. Holden Caulfield sees all grown-ups as phonies. He sees them and everything they say as fake, they just do it to keep up appearances. For example when Holden takes Sally to watch a movie and she sees this guy she insists she knows; they begin to talk about the play and how George thinks that “the play itself is no masterpiece”(166). Holden describes the conversation between the two: “it was the phoniest conversation you ever heard in your life”(166). Holden himself is a phony. He is incredibly hypocritical of people. He says that he hates it when people tell lies to seem like people they are not, but he tells lies and says he agrees with the thoughts of others even if he doesn’t at all.
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