Comparative Study of Texts

Comparative Study Of Texts
Catcher In The Rye and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Write an essay where you discuss how both John Hughes and J.D. Salinger use language and medium to convey the issues that affect their protagonists in their respective societies.

Both ‘Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger and ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ by John Hughes are texts that discuss key issues about two different time zones. Through the use of language and medium, John Hughes and J.D. Salinger have portrayed issues that surround their central characters, and at the same time entertained their audiences. This use of language and medium is key to engaging their audience and showing us the issues that affected their respective protagonists in that time period.

‘Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger, is set just after the Second World War, in New York America. The story is a fictional tale revolving around the protagonist, Holden Caulfield and his journey from Pency Prep through to a hospital bed, where it seems he is recounting his story from. His story isn’t straight forward, but full of constant flashbacks and prior experiences.
The second text, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ by John Hughes, is set around the mid 80’s, in Chicago America. This movie covers basically the same issues as ‘Catcher in the Rye’, but through a different medium, and with use of different language techniques.   We are taken through a day with Ferris Bueller, where he skips a day of school to hang out with his friends in the city of Chicago. It starts with him putting on a ‘sick’ performance for his parents, and ends with him putting on performance for his parents where he pretends to be ‘recuperating’.

Materialism is a value represented in both texts that has been illustrated to its fullest by the use of its language and medium. We see this issue through the eyes of Holden and what his take is on it. Salinger’s character Holden has been made to be quite a chatty person, who actually has a lot to say on...