Compare the protagonists of The Catcher in the Rye and Huckleberry Finn
Both characters were early archetypes for the adolescent male portrayed as protagonist in American literature. Both are dissatisfied by the society they must live within; Huck hates being "sivilized" by the widow Douglas and Holden views adults in his society as phonies that have lost their childhood innocence. Additionally, both characters go on a journey during which they each learn quite a bit about themselves and how they o (or don't) fit into their societies, respectively. One major difference though is the psychology of each adolescent: Huck is a happy-go-lucky kid while Holden experiences severe trauma in his life, including death of a sibling and a resulting depression.
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