Christopher from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and Holden from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye

Christopher from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and Holden from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye

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Christopher from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and Holden from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye

Holden from "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D Salinger and Christopher
from "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark
Haddon are both two very interesting first person narrators in many
different ways. Holden is a 17years old boy having difficulty staying
in schools more than 6 months because he doesn't work enough and
Christopher is 15 years old and has asperger's syndrome. This means
that he has no feelings. The narrators are similar in some ways for
example in the way of talking; they both have a restricted vocabulary.
But there are more differences than similarities for instance Holden's
favourite subject is English because he is creative and Christopher
prefers math and science since he seems to like facts. Their lives are
very different and this is proven in their totally opposite
personalities. Even though Christopher and Holden have semblances,
Holden's creativity and personality makes him a more appealing
narrator.

Although Christopher has a unique way of talking, we can relate more
to Holden's vocabulary and diction, which makes the reader understand
him better. When looking at the similarities, both of these first
person narrators make detailed descriptions, but usually on very
different topics. Christopher's descriptions are mainly about details
that a normal person would not care about, such as the shape of the
room he is in, and how many litres of air there is in it or how many
holes there are in a shoe. Holden's descriptions are more on his
surroundings and the atmosp...


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... has affected their
personality. Christopher doesn't try to understand people by himself,
he will need to ask and if he still doesn't understand he will walk
away. Holden has no problem at interpreting emotions but he hates
people who hide them, "phoney people". Though Christopher as a
narrator is a very interesting and original point view, his illness
makes his personality, his way of talking, his lack of imagination and
of understanding people makes him monotonous and uninteresting. Holden
is a narrator we can relate with because he is a teenager and
sometimes we can recognize his thoughts as our own. Christopher is
also to far away from us, it is impossible to relate to him, he is too
robot like. Although both narrators are very interesting, I can relate
to one and not the other and this makes him a better narrator.

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