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Comparative Essay: The Catcher In The Rye and Igby Goes Down

❑ Make a title by finding a quotation from The Catcher In The Rye that could apply to Igby Goes Down also. Make it big, or bold, or underlined, or in a cool font or something. ❑ Put “[your name] and Mike Moore” in small, classy letters right under that, without putting “by” before the names.

❑ Introductory paragraph (setting up the essay and letting the reader know what your point is and how you will explore it): Successful motion pictures often find inspiration from popular, respected books. It seems obvious that Burr Steers, the writer and director of the film Igby Goes Down, took a variety of ideas from the novel The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, making the 2002 film an obvious homage to the 1940s novel. Using The Catcher In The Rye as inspiration has made this movie [whatever you think it has made it]. Anyone who has read the novel will recognize similarities in characters, themes, plot events and setting.

❑ First body paragraph (tackling setting):
First of all, though it takes place in the [what decade is Igby set?] rather than the 1940s, Igby Goes Down takes place in [where is it set?]. Like Holden Caulfield’s family in The Catcher In The Rye, Igby’s family lives in [what kind of places do their parents have?] Also like Holden, Igby gets a view of how “the other half live” when he goes to places such as [where does Igby meet junkies and sleazy people?], just as Holden does when he frequents [what places does Holden meet sleazy people?] Most importantly, both Igby and Holden have been spending time in [where have they been?] which they have gotten kicked out of because they couldn’t fit in and make that environment work for them, despite being fairly intelligent. It is clear that Igby and Holden are exploring very similar environments.

❑ Second body paragraph (tackling plot events):
Secondly, many of the events that take place in Igby Goes Down...
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