The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

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1. Compare and contrast the theme of deception/betrayal in The Catcher in the Rye and Hamlet. 2. Create a thesis statement. 3. Create a thesis statement for all 3 paragraphs.

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While I can't write a thesis statement for you, there are some significant similarities between Holden Caulfield and Hamlet. Hamlet is usually played by older actors in films and plays, yet we know that he was away at school in Wittenberg, so it is possible that he's quite close in age to Holden. Like many adolescents, both are searching for meaning, and both are frequently disappointed in the world around them. Holden is not so much deceived as let down by those around him (many of whom he calls "phonies"), whether adults or...

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