In this way, it can be said that these two works represent relationships as a great equalizer.
They are also important in terms of the overall work, as they offer Holden every opportunity to break out from the isolation that becomes his overriding characteristic.
The problem, of course, is that the character allows his own fear of putting himself out there to stop any chance that he would have at maintaining and creating new relationships.
Ultimately, this holds the character back and provides for an extremely fascinating inner-conflict that the reader has to process.
In Their Eyes were Watching God, the author also emphasizes relationships in order to make the primary character’s life go.
At times, she is not willing to invest in relationships if they are not giving something great to her.
She throws away relationships with Logan and Jody because she is searching for something more.It is the basic human need that makes people reach out for other people in order to receive as well as give friendship.It is easy to see in The Catcher in the Rye that Holden has absolutely no idea what makes a good relationship.One of the interesting things about literature is that comparisons can often be drawn between different works based upon prevailing themes in those works. Some works choose to deal with unimportant matters, but both of these authors chose to take on difficult themes head-on and without hesitation. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes were Watching God, important correlations can be drawn between the two important works because of their social significance.It does not matter if a person is ready to take on the world or if they would rather live in isolation or fear.For each of these people, there exists the basic human need for interaction.She is willing to invest a lot in relationships, but demands a lot out of them.This is a fundamental difference in her and in Holden from The Catcher in the Rye.He wants the world to stand still so that he does not have to put up with some of the dangers that it presents.He does not want to have to make decisions on the fly and he certainly does not want people to hurt his self-esteem or his feelings by responding to some of his concerns.