Comparative English Essay

Will be examining and comparing the character, style and the theme of friendship using the two extracts I have chosen from the novels ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ and ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. ‘ The first similarity between the two extracts is that the characters’ relationship with one another is very comfortable and pleasant. For example, the main protagonist Holder in ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ has an extremely close relationship with his younger sister Phoebe. In the beginning of the extract, it had begun with the two in a small dispute but it quickly escalated to show that it was hard to stay mad at money you are so close with.

In the end, Phoebe “all of a sudden, gave Holder a kiss”. This links in with the theme of friendship because you wouldn’t give someone a kiss unless you feel secure with them. In ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ there is a sense of warmness been the two characters, Houck and Jim. Before the two had reunited, they were both lonesome and felt uneasy, but as they spent time With each other they became comfortable enough to just “lay off and lazy”. It is evident that they have some form of friendship since their actions could be described using synonyms of the adjective ‘comfortable.

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Additionally, the way it is written also shows another shape of friendship. To illustrate, the narrative style of both extracts is in 1st person. ‘Catcher’ is in the perspective of the main protagonist Holder, whilst ‘Huckleberry’ is in the perspective of the central character Buck. The effect of most of the sentences beginning with the pronoun ‘l’ is that it sounds more personal. This connects with the theme of friendship because it makes the readers and characters feel more familiar and close.