A Comparison of the Themes of To Kill a Mockingbird, The Joy Luck Club, The Catcher in the Rye, and Huckleberry Finn

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Now with over 15 million copies in print translated into forty languages, “To Kill a Mockingbird” is highly regarded as a masterpiece of American literature. It stands strong beside bestsellers such as “The Joy Luck Club,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” and “Huckleberry Finn.” But what, one may ask, are the similarities between these chartbusters? A reoccurring theme in these novels is the maturation of children. “To Kill a Mockingbird” we watch Jem and Scout mature into individual beings with a deep understanding of the world. In this book we can observe how personal experiences throughout our childhood mould and shape our being. In “The Joy Luck Club” we can experience the unique background each character has and learn how that background helped mould them into the beings they are today. In “The Catcher in the Rye,” we are likewise taken through Holden’s childhood and maturation. In “Huckleberry Finn,” Huck’s growing up is also an important part of the book. In all these books we see how the world gets more complex and deep as a child slowly matures. As they are maturing we witness ...

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