Good Will Hunting and the Catcher in the Rye

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Comparison of Similar Characters

In both the Gus Van Sant directed film Good Will Hunting and J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, the antagonists are trying to find the true value of life. While the film is not by any means the visual for the novel, the two are often compared most typically because of the antagonists. Both Holden Caulfield and Will Hunting are both capable of exceeding in the world, but their cruel living styles act as setbacks to whatever beholds in their respective futures. Fortunately for both of them, there are people who show compassion toward them and understand their complexities and also want to help them succeed in life because they find potential in them. Will demonstrates similar characteristics to Holden in several ways: he does not long for academic success, he shows a begrudging attitude towards his family members, and he also tries to make life hard for himself merely to avoid being influenced by others. He pushes his girlfriend, Skylar, away got too close to him, he pushes his mentor/teacher away, and he pushes potential career offers away, anything that would ultimately give him happiness he pushes away, solely so he would not become emotionally involved. Holden is different from Will, though, because he is not ordered by the court to go to a therapist, but instead had to have a breakdown of sorts. Will thus becomes what one might call a success story. Will becomes a more educated person by accepting becoming aware of his feelings and being able to open up to suggestions and thoughts about his life. It is difficult to say which of the two characters will continue life successfully, or at the least have a relatively successful life. Holden’s parents since birth (in contrast to Will, who is an orphan and therefore does not have parent) still care about him and help comfort him when he needs help. Will has already matured into an adult, unlike Holden, and is set on his way. Holden, on the other hand,...
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