Huck vs. Holden Essay

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Huck Finn, the protagonist of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn which is written by Mark Twain, comes from a poor family and has the lowest status in the white society. He is about 13 years old. He wants his freedom back and starts his journey with a black slave named Jim. Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye which is written by J. D. Salinger, is expulsed by a school called Pencey Prep. He comes from a rich family and is about 17 years old. He wants to escape from this phony society and escapes to New York City by himself. Despite the background differences of Huck and Holden, there are still numerous similarities and differences between them. Both Huck and Holden are individualists and are trying to escape from …show more content…
It was full of phonies. You never saw so many mean guys in your life.” Intolerably, Holden decides to leave his society and goes to New York City by himself. Therefore, both Huck and Holden are individualists and are trying to escape their societies. Besides, both Huck and Holden learn a lot and become more mature after their journeys. Huck and Holden are both innocent at first, nevertheless, they both have become more mature through their journeys. Huck learns what friendship and morality are during his journey. He builds a friendship with Jim, a runaway black slave, through his journey. He cherishes his relationship with Jim. When two men with guns ask Huck if there are slaves in his canoe, he can choose to give Jim up and get the reward; however, he does not. He decides to help Jim “He is white,” as Huck cherishes the friendship with Jim. Afterwards, when Huck knows that Jim has been caught, he decides to save Jim despite the fact that white society has taught him. “All right, then, I'll go to hell--and tore it up.” He also learns what morality is from two imposters, the duke and the dauphin. These two imposters prevaricate to the crowd to bilk money by acting some awful dramas. Huck learns how immoral the two imposters are. On the other hand, Holden learns more about sexuality and himself. He learns homosexuality at the night in Mr Antolini’s home. “He was sort of petting me or patting me on the goddam head.” At first, he thinks that petting is sex. He

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