Catcher in the Rye vs Handmaid's tale Hi guys, this is my first post here so I'm anxious to see what'll happen! Well I have a journal to do, and I have to find one quote from each novel (catcher in the rye and handmaid;s tale) and find a comparision for them. Any help would be greatly appreciated!  

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From Catcher in the Rye:

"Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules."
"Yes, sir. I know it is. I know it."
Game, my ass. Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it's a game, all right — I'll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren't any hot-shots, then what's a game about it? Nothing. No game.

From Handmaid's Tale:

Freedom, like everything else, is relative.


There is more than one kind of freedom, said Aunt Lydia. Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don't underrate it.

Each of these quotations relate to an idea that freedom is a form of power and power a form of freedom. 

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