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The movie I chose to relate Holden from The Catcher In The Rye to is Finding Forrester. The three major ways Holden is similar to Jamal would be: the vulnerability they allowed themselves to show in order to accomplish personal growth, the dedication they had to being strong-willed in what they wanted, and the way they were both extremely talented, but lacked the motivation to succeed in the area when it was not what they wanted for themselves.

Referring back to my first comparison point, both Jamal and Holden allowed themselves to be exposed in front of their teacher/mentor in order to benefit their lives and learn from them. I asked my dad recently why it is commonly thought hard for most men to ask directions, or ask where something in the store is, or overall where stereotypes about men like this one come from, and his reply reminded me of the Catcher In The Rye. He told me that that stereotype is derived from the thought that men are often too protective of their egos to ask for help from somebody else, that they’d rather prove to themselves and everyone that they are smart enough or strong enough to do it themselves. So for Holden or Jamal to be able to let their guard down in order for their mentors’ to be able to help them grow up and build their character.

My other point of comparison is the fact that both main characters are dedicated to holding their stance and being hard-headed in a good way, because they know what mentality they want for themselves and they know they won’t accept anything different. But, in some instances, it can be a bad thing because the characters can get something negative in their mind and then it’s set there. In the example, Jamal had it negatively set in his mind that he couldn’t make the basketball shot that he needed to make, and he didn’t. Holden wasn’t holding good grades, except in English class he shone. That tells me he wasn’t applying himself because he had the talent and the smarts to achieve the grades but only applied himself in the subject he found interesting.

Both the movie and the book were great works of art, but I personally favored the book more because I felt I could relate more to Holden.

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