Kite runner vs catcher in the rye

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by Nathalia Mateus Gongora.

“The potrait of Afghanistan” and Catcher in the Rye, have many things in common but these two books present differences that shouldbe analyzed because due to the environments which of them is developed in and also because one can be identified with them. The Kite Runner, a book of a story full of guilt, redemption, friendship andbetrayal; these topics are not alien from Catcher in Rye; which undergoes a story of a person, Holden, having depression, how he dealed with his surroundings and his disease. Topics like friendship,family and how is society, even how these characters deal with it, are differently developed throughout the stories.
One of the major differences between Kite Runner and Catcher in the Rye, is theirsurrounding society. Not excluding how they behave inside it.
First of all, Amir has grown in a Muslim society, where obedience is indispensible.
In these two societies the vision on women, and theirrole, sex and prostitution is completely opposite.
“…I kept walking around the room waiting for this prostitute to show up.” Sallinger 93.
There is no way that Amir, in Kite Runner would have donesomething like Holden did, twice.
In the other hand, Amir was able to perceive sexual slavery with Sohrab: “His feet pounded the floor, the bells jingling…He kept his eyes closed…He brushed his lipsagainst Sohrab’s ear.” Hosseini.
As already said, obedience in Amir society is evident, as may have been seen with the relationship with his father, the relation with their families is another pointthat should be taken into account.
There might be some more differences that similarities in matters of family, although we can say both were dysfunctional.
Amir’s family was full of lies, Ali washis brother, but he did not know after Baba’s (Amir’s father) death. This family was full of guilt and in constant search for redemption.
In Catcher in the Rye, Holden’s family is so dispersed, his...
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