Kaylee StillwagonerMs. Dean- PrattHonors English 10z1 February 2018Comparisons between Holden Caulfield and Huckleberry Finn Holden Caulfield, from “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, and Huckleberry Finn, from “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, draw many similarities due to being growing up while this also causes them to have many differences. They both have to make their own right choices due to being independent people due to their situations. Holden and Huck also are not the most trustworthy due to both of their common habit of lying. In the end they both also become unlikely heroes. But they go about and show these traits in very different ways. One of the main similarities between Holden and Huck is that they act as independent people and they did not start out like this, as it developed throughout the story. Holden starts out his story in a private school,Pencey Prep, where he was kicked out from due to him failing. Holden then decides to leave and go home early, which is where he becomes his own independent person. One place where him acting as his own independent person is shown is when he leaves Pencey Prep. When Holden leaves he says, “Sleep tight, ya morons!”(J.D. Salinger 29), which further shows his views of the school that he talks about earlier in the novel. Holden talks about how he cannot stand the phonies in the school then describes examples of them acting phony. Huck also starts out in a calm environment, living with nuns. While living with them he often gets into minor trouble, but tries to follow their rules. But once Huck’s father comes back and takes him into a cabin in the woods. From here on out Huck’s life changes. Huck pretends he has been killed and runs away, where he meets up with his former slave Jim, and decides to help him become a free man. This leads Huck to having to make many difficult decisions because he is going against the ideas of his society. One of these decisions is him deciding not to prank Jim anymore. This is shown after Huck pranks Jim and says, “”I didn’t do him no more mean tricks, and I wouldn’t done that one if I’d a knowed how it would make him feel that way.”(98) This shows how Huck as made the individual choice to see Jim as human. While Holden and Huck both make drastic choices they both make these choices indepently.Another similarity between the two characters is how often they lie. Both Holden and Huck often lie at many points throughout many points in the stories. But the reasons they lie differ greatly. Holden often lies for his own self amusement. This is shown in Holden’s trip on the train on the way to New York. Holden says “Rudolf Schmidt,” I told her. I didn’t feel like giving her my whole life history. Rudolf Schmidt was the name of the janitor of our dorm.” This shows how Holden often lies out of convince because he doesn’t want to do the things that others have to. Huck at first lies like Holden, for his own entertainment, but later on in the story Huck begins to lie to help others. An example of this is when Huck lies to the slave hunters. Huck tells them the man in his boat is his white father and when they press further he tells them his father is very sick so they no longer persist. This shows how Huck matures throughout the story faster than Holden does and is less focused on himself. A last way that Holden and Huck are related are in the end of the story they both become heroes in their story. Who they save is very different.