In English class this year we are reading The Catcher in the Rye and last year we read All Quiet on the Western Front. With in the first few chapters of The Catcher in the Rye the main character Holden Caulfield seems to have a similar personality to Paul Baümer. Both of them are experiencing challenges in their lives, have friends/family members that are ill, people they care about that have died, and both have a hard time figuring out what to do in life. (note: I will not include any quotes from All Quiet on the Western Front because I have no copy of the book on hand).                                                                                                                         In The Catcher in the Rye, the brother of Holden, Allie, dies of leukimia at around age 11. This experience for Holden is very difficult; “He’s dead now. He got leukimia and died when we were up in Maine, on July 18, 1946” (J.D. Salinger 43). In All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul Baümer sees many of his friends and fellow soldiers die throughout the war.                                          Both Holden and Paul have people they care about who are sick. Paul Baümer’s mother has cancer and his family needed to take her to the hospital., but they most likely can not pay for the treatment. For Holden one of his teachers from school, Mr. Spencer has a cold, and he goes to see him,“‘How’ve you been, Mrs. Spencer?’…’I’ve been just fine, Holden.’…’How’s Mr. Spencer? He over his grippe yet?'” (J.D. Salinger 8).                                                             Due to a lot of these challenges that Paul and Holden face, they have trouble figuring out what to do in life, and are unsure of what next. These two characters from these two books have a lot of similarities.

 

 

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