There are many similarities between The Catcher in the Rye and Dead Poets Society, the biggest of which being the suffering of privileged white teenage boys. This is not meant as an insult, but as a way to understand that suffering and alienation can occur regardless of someone’s socioeconomic status. Here are some specifics:
- Holden attends Pencey Prep and has attended a few other boarding schools, but has failed out of each. The setting of DPS is Weston Prep and each of the boys suffers through varying levels of success and failure. Meanwhile, this setting of prep schools makes clear two things: 1. The boys doubt their parents’ love for them, and 2. They are surrounded by male teachers who don’t understand them.
- In DPS, Mr. Keating’s instruction inspires many of the boys to challenge the direction of their lives and become “free thinkers.” In The Catcher in the Rye , Holden does not want to become an adult and follow in the footsteps of his father to become a lawyer or follow in...
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