Rebel Without a Cause and The Catcher in the Rye
Teenager angst, the transitional stage between youth and the adult years, is an incredibly popular subject in many mediums of modern-day entertainment. A few of the very first times we saw teen angst in entertainment remained in the book Catcher in the Rye and the film Rebel Without a Cause. Jim Stark from the 1950’s movie Rebel without a Cause, and Holden Caulfield, from the 1950’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, and are both the teenage main characters in both of the stories. Holden and Jim can relate as they both have trouble with transitioning from childhood innocence to adulthood, however how they both deal with their integrity is the key that makes their stories various.
As Jim Stark and Holden Caulfield’s stories lead them on two separate journeys, there integrity ends up being a hidden factor to how they act. It seems to matter to both characters that they continue to be a decent individual and likewise to conceal their ideas of remaining innocent by acting “grown up”. For instance, in the beginning of the motion picture when Jim speak to the sheriff, the constable immediately tells him that he had a great start in the incorrect instructions by beating a kid up. Jim safeguards himself by telling the sheriff that the kid called him a chicken. Jim feels that he needs to be hard and act “matured”. Jim felt the like Holden did when he punched Stradlater after he insulted the paper he wrote for him about his dead younger sibling’s baseball glove. Jim and Hold both seem to have similar conflicts in their lives concerning the lack of a role model figure. Both of the characters attempt to find answers to their issues by asking adults. For example, in one crucial scene Jim chews out his papa to try to get him tell him what to do, however he gets nothing out of him. Jim’s daddy is not the role model Jim requires or wants, and he has nobody else to guide him. As both characters make their way through each of the plots, they discover themselves in bigger issues and without responses.
Integrity mattered a lot to both Jim and Holden but how they handled each of their problems is where the two plots distinguished. Unlike Jim, who is willing to go to extremes to secure his pride, Holden cares more about preserving the honor and innocence of other individuals, he also seems like he require to protect other people. For instance, when he says,” I kept envisioning all these kids playing a game in this huge field of rye and all What I need to do, I need to capture everybody if they start to discuss the cliff”. Both characters have to handle the shift to adulthood. Jim attempts to be grown up but he deals with truth and recognizes he is not yet an adult, on the other hand, Holden imitates the “counterfeit” grownups and criticizes them for their habits, only to find out he was not actually grown up like he believed he was. Jim and Holden are unlike due to the fact that Holden can not escape his childish methods, however Jim can.
Just like common people, Holden and Jim cope with daily struggles consisting of pureness, love, repressed feelings, identity, and most of all stability. Their habits and personalities are slightly opposite, yet at the very same time they agree. Both stories have the comparable protagonists, the same time period and a few of the same major themes in typical. However the method the 2 characters transitioned into adulthood is how it made the plots into two great stories.