A Comparison Of Holden Of Catcher In The Rye And Equality 7 251 Of Anthem

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Catcher in the Rye and Anthem - A Comparison of Holden and Equality 7-251

 

 

Is it possible that two completely different authors could create two identical characters?  It seems so; J.D. Salinger's Holden, from Catcher in the Rye, and Ayn Rand's Equality 7-2521, in Anthem, appear to be one in the same person.   To end the oppression they received for the span of their entire lives, both Holden and Equality run from their oppressors.  Most importantly, neither Holden nor Equality live up to the expectations of others.  Holden's personality identically reflects that of Equality 7-2521 in Ayn Rand's Anthem.

 

    Holden and Equality 7-2521 were oppressed their entire lives.  The totalitarian government that exists in Equality's society holds him down.  If it were up to him, Equality would have become an inventor in the House of the Scholars, but the Council of Vocations sends him off to become a city janitor.  When he does not comply, and continues with his experimentation, Equality is punished.  This forces him to run from society, and make his way into the forest, where he would live the rest of his life.  Similarly, Holden's parents and various schools prevent him from succeeding.  According to his parents, Holden will graduate from an Ivy League school, and will become a doctor or a lawyer, even though he has no desire to pursue either of these careers.  In the end, Holden decides to run from his problems in order to become what he wants to be, a catcher in the rye.  Once he finally decides to leave, there is no hesitation on his part.  Holden even tells the reader, "When I was all set to go, when I had my bags and all, I stood for a while next to the stairs...and then I yelled at the top of my goddam voice, 'Sleep tight, ya morons!'"  Both Holden and Equality run from their oppressors in order to pursue what they dream of...

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