Dead Poets Society And Catcher In The Rye Comparison Essay

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The fear of disapproval from our parents is truly in all of us, each and every one of us tries to live up to the expectations of our mother and father, but for some of us no matter how hard we try we may come up short on the spectrum. From Catcher in the Rye as well as Dead Poet Society the struggle of teenagers dealing with the approval of adults.
Lying is a common occurrence between children and their parents when the child does not want to get caught doing something their parents would disapprove of. Holden Caulfield as well as Neil Perry shares the same problem which is the worry of disappointing their parents. Both young men go to private education schools in which they are to live up to the standards set by their parents. But both have a tendency to creep around the truth to pursue their personal interests. …show more content…

He does however plan on telling his mother and father after the last week ends so they have time to “cool off.” Neil lies to his father about his dreams to become an actor out of fear for his father’s unsupportive and controlling views. The difference between the two is that Holden is lying to get away with flunking out of school, while Neil who is a “straight A” student is lying to live his dream and not be forced into a future he does not want.
Throughout The Catcher in the Rye Holden compulsively lies to almost everyone he sees not out of the need to do it, he just seems to lie to anyone who seems to be a “phony” to him. Neil is similar in the way of lying in which even after confronting Mr. Keating about his dreams of being an actor and how he has kept his role in a play from his father, he continues to lie about quitting the play to his father as well as telling Mr. Keating that he had confronted his father. Neil did this solely to keep his father pleased and to make Mr. Keating proud of

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