J. D. Salinger: Character Analysis

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J.D. Salinger was an author that inspired many authors and peoples. Some of the people he tried to inspire did terrible things and some did things that were awe-inspiring. However, despite creating hope and a voice for a generation J.D. Salinger did not like to stay in the spotlight and preferred a more reclusive lifestyle. In order to understand J.D. Salinger’s seclusive and private life one needs to see his life’s work and how they reflect his own views and feeling in the world.

To help see Salinger 's view on the world, one must first see his comparisons to the character that he created. Salinger can be comparable to one of the many characters he created Holden Caulfield from his novel the Catcher in the Rye for , like Holden, Salinger
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One clue to this is Holden’s relationship with his old teacher at Pencey Prep., Mr.Spencer. Mr. Spencer was really the only teacher that Holden liked and although Holden was preparing to go into Mr. Spencer’s bedroom, he said, “His door was open, but I sort of knocked on it anyway, just to be polite and all.” (7). Holden is showing his respect for Mr. Spencer as well as show manners and he had enough of a friendship with Mr.Spencer to talk with him within his own home. As Mr.Spencer started to lectured Holden, he felt uncomfortable with the situation. This shows that Salinger may have respect for the world that adults drool in, however he does like this world and feels uncomfortable having to stay in it for too long. Salinger behavior towards adult is similar to that of Seymour, the eldest of the Glass Family in his novel Franny and Zooey, from his short story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish"in this short story Seymour, on vacation with his wife.overhears a telephone conversation with his wife and mother. This helps give an understanding of why Salinger dislikes others, because these women are seen a shallow, acquisitive, manipulative, and insincere. Sources of Seymour say that he has come back from his duty in World War II and was clearly disrupted by the experience and that his behavior has been eccentric at best, irresponsible at worst. Salinger, as a World …show more content…
Not much can be said about J.D. Salinger because of the lifestyle he chose.It is harder for one to understand why he choose to isolate himself, however it is thanks to is work’s of fiction that we can accommidate the spaces missing in Salinger’s life. The Catcher in the Rye was Salinger’s life 's work and can be seen as is the main reason he choose seclusion. However this novel, as well as his other novels, gives leeway on Salinger’s seclusive and private life as well as reflect his own views and feeling towards the world. It is because of his mysterious life that Salinger shall remain anonymous during his years alone, but it is his literature that opens a door to uncover what it was that made him want to leave to say

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