An argument between Percy Jackson and Holden Caulfield
Percy Jackson: Perseus “Percy” Jackson is a fictional character, the title character and narrator of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. He is also one of seven main protagonists of the sequel series. He is a demigod, the son of Poseidon.
Holden Caulfield: The protagonist of J.D Salinger’s book ‘The Catcher in the Rye’. Since the book’s publication, Holden has become an icon for teenage rebellion and angst and is considered among the most important characters of 20th-century American literature. He is an atheist.
Holden: Hey Percy!
Percy: Hi, I am sorry but do I know you?
Holden: Most probably not. I am the protagonist from a famous book authored by J.D Salinger. But I do know you. Who doesn’t? You are Poseidon’s son after all! People revere demigods like you, at least in the fictional world Riordan created.
Percy: That is very true! Boy, people do need to rely on something, and of course they invest their faith in Gods like me. I strive to help all of them.
Holden: Maybe, I don’t believe in this ‘God’ stuff. “Atheism”, is the term if I ain’t wrong.
Percy: What? Really! But I am standing here in front of you right? I do exist, and Gods are real. Have you not heard of all the good things that I have done?
Holden: (scoffs) Hearsay! You wouldn’t believe it if I told you I was Zeus talking to you right now, would you?
Percy: Of course I would believe you if there was reasonable proof to believe that. Gods are capable of taking on different forms.
Holden: Okay, show me.
Percy: Show what?
Holden: How Gods can transform themselves. I need to see something before I change my beliefs.
Percy: Well, I can demonstrate what I can do with the powers I possess. Do you see that fountain over there, beside the marble shrine? I will make the water in the fountain rise and float in the air.
(After a moment)
Holden: Look, nothing really happened! I told you, this entire mythological concept is flawed.
Percy: But the fountain’s water is floating! Observe closely. Oh, wait a minute, you are an ordinary human being! The Mist protects you from witnessing my powers.
Holden: That’s just balderdash! How do I assure you are not bluffing, Percy?
Percy: What I say is definitely true! Human scientists have colluded innocent minds with their blatant theories. For instance, the earth does not rotate once a day (geocentric), because if that happened then the surface of the earth would be moving too fast and objects would fly backwards.
Holden: Wow that’s some theory!
Percy: It isn’t a theory! It’s a fact!
Holden: Well then why is the duration of the day twenty-four hours? Your statements also rule out several concepts such as seasons, sunrise and sunset.
Percy: Sunrise and sunset are the result of the powers of the Sun God, Helios. And Gods are behind different seasons too! Causing rain is an ability I have been gifted with.
Holden: Studying science is pretty useless then, if you Gods can often come out into the world and explain your actions, you know. Though, I still doubt the existence of Gods and Demigods.
Percy: Come on, now! Do you want me to produce rain just to show that we actually exist?
Holden: Sure, that would be fun. But its not that. There is a question behind which many men have spent eons trying to find an answer for. What was the situation before Gods existed? How did Gods come into being?
Percy: Um… Uh…
Holden: Ha! I knew you would get stuck there! If you were a demigod, which don’t exist by the way, you would have known the answer.
Percy: Hey its not my fault Riordan never told me about this. Anyways, I will go back to the Upper Realm and find out more about this.
Holden: Whatever. Oof! The lies that kids come up with these days. Percy… Percy?
(Percy vanishes in thin air within a fraction of a second, and is nowhere to be found)
Do you know where Percy vanished to? Does it look like he will come back with an answer? Leave your opinions in the comment section down below!
Mustafa Topiwala is a high school student who aspires to use his abilities and talents to help others. Reading, writing poetry, sailing, surfing, and blogging are some of his hobbies, and he hopes to study law in the future. He is also an avid speaker and debater and is ready any time to engage in a fun conversation.