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A Comparison of the Initiation Journeys in the Catcher in the Rye and Invisible Man

Author ZhaoLiLi
Tutor OuYangZuo
School Harbin Engineering University
Course English Language and Literature
Keywords initiation journeys The Catcher in the Rye Invisible Man adolescent problems
Type Master's thesis
Year 2005
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J.D.Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man are two influential American post-war initiation stories which explore two adolescent protagonists’ inner pains and puzzlement as well as their thought on life and society in their initiation journeys. This thesis examines the relationship between the two initiation stories mainly in the perspective of initiation journeys. Its main part attempts to compare the two modes of initiation journeys by analyzing Salinger and Ellison’s attitudes toward adolescent problems as well as the two adolescents’ views of education, life, love and ideal society. Moreover in this thesis is included a brief introduction of the bildungsroman technique the two novels adopted so as to reveal the themes and the styles the two novels involve. Views of initiation journeys reflected in fictions of different historical periods have also been discussed and a brief comparison and review of the different growth patterns in works of different periods not only explains the two novels’ historical heritage and development on adolescent issues but stresses the significance of further exploration of adolescent problems in modern time.

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