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Similarities of the Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye

There is a numerous amount of similarities between F. Scott Fitzgerald's

The Great Gatsby, and J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. Both authors write

about the real world and how real people behave under certain circumstances. For

this reason there are many similarities between the two novels. There was a vast

variety of similarities ranging from themes, symbols, and common persona

between the characters in both stories. For example both stories contained a

wealthy character, the narrator who portrayed the average man, and the dream of

being able to win the love of a former friend, among many others. But the

similarity which seemed to be most evident between the two stories was that of

"phonies." Both stories contain minor as well as main characters whose surface

behavior disguises their inner feelings.

A minor character in The Great Gatsby who is fake is Jordan Baker. Jordan

Baker always appears to be "cool" but also portrays the irresponsible exploitation

that Nick sees in Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Jordan is supposed to be the top

woman's golfer. But this is ironic because the reader learns of how she cheats.

This makes Jordan fake because everyone believes her to be the best female golfer

but in reality she's a big cheater. A character who appears to be similar in the

novel The Catcher in the Rye is Ackley. Ackley is Holden's roommate who does

not exactly fit into society. He is unsophisticated and disagrees on many topics

with Holden. He always makes up stories of how he has had sexual relations with

several girls. Ackley makes up these stories so that maybe Holden and the other

guys will accept him and think he's "cool." But Holden, along with the other guys,

all know he is lying. This makes Ackley a phony and a comparative to Jordan

A second example of "phonies" between the two books is Tom Buchanan

from The Great Gatsby and Stradlater f...

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