Lacking in Life
A lot of passages in the book "Nine Stories" and "The Cathcer in the Rye" seem to have similarities to each other like both main characters contradict normal society rather than go with it. In the Catcher in the Rye, Holden does think that much in life is necessary and is always calling somebody else a phony. As well with Teddy, he is always going against reality and trying to proving what really exists and what is fake. Going against society also reminds me of the author who wrote these two book, J.D. Salinger whom tried to fight fame. Almost all the people in the world want to famous and want the attention however Salinger ran away from it all. He was not a man who wanted the popularity, he simply wished to be left alone.
Also throughout the novel, no emotions have been seen from Teddy like grief or sadness even when he predicts his own death, he still talked in a very monotonous tone. Teddy and Nicholson touched base on the topic and the response from Teddy was, “If I do, I don’t remember when I ever used them… I don’t see what they are good for” (Salinger 186).There is a lack of emotions from him and like Holden in The Catcher in the Rye; they both seem to have this emptiness in their life. Holden holds very few close relationships with people and Teddy doesn’t have emotions, this is one link between the two characters in each story.