Similarities Between Othello And Catcher In The Rye

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The society always limits people’s abilities. Holden in The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Othello in Othello by William Shakespeare, and Plato in Rebel without a Cause by Nicholas Ray are all outsiders and marginalized figures. Holden is a teenage boy who has lost his direction in life due to the loss of his brother. Othello is a courageous and powerful Venetian general who is a Moor. Plato is a small yet aggressive high schooler who is a homosexual. Even though these characters are skilled in expressing their opinions or feelings freely, the society limits Holden, Othello, and Plato of changing the society due to their unchangeable yet exclusive factors. The three protagonist’s abilities are that they are aggressive, express their feelings or opinions, and state their identities in the society. Holden shows aggression when he tries to “sock [Stradlater], with all [his] might” when Stradlater talks about his night with Jane. His aggression is an example of how he expresses his opinions because he is mad that Stradlater does not care about Jane’s feeling and talk about sex as if it is easy. Othello expresses powerful aggression daily since he is the general of the Venetian army. The readers can learn that he is vigorous through his words and the…show more content…
Finally, their inability to change the society because of the people around them is shown by the deaths of their identities. Even though all three works, The Catcher in the Rye, Othello, and Rebel without a Cause, were published more than 50 years ago, the limitation and marginalization by the society of abilities of people due to their unique identities still happen
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