Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction

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  • Jd Salinger Influences

    author. At the end of the novel, the reader can realize the message Salinger is trying to convey to the audience; even if people are selfish and have egos, everyone deserves to be loved and respected. J.D. Salinger used similar themes throughout his writing. In The Catcher in the Rye and Nine Stories, many of the characters are alienated (De). In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden is a clearly alienated character from society (Stevenson). He refuses to conform to the standard of growing up and wants to not have any responsibilities, and stay young and carefree. Seymour Glass does not like many aspects of the world surrounding him and is unhappy and questions many things around him, just as Holden does (Stevenson). Seymour and his wife Muriel are quite different. Seymour is slightly paranoid and also unhappy, similar to Holden. Muriel is more of a happy, worry-free person which is similar to a girl Holden dates named Sally. Seymour wants someone who is innocent and will not think he has problems and who will not be judgemental of him, which is quite like Holden not wanting to grow up and having an interest in youth and innocence. As a reader can tell, alienation is main theme Salinger uses throughout many of his novels (De). The characters use alienation to protect themselves or others from things they believe may harm them. The characters are searching for something in life to hold on to that will not leave, and want to find their selves. In Franny and Zooey, Franny is dating…

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  • Similarities Between Catcher In The Rye And Franny

    with Lane. She tells Lane about a book she has been reading and they discuss many things about religion and philosophy. Franny looks pale and will not eat. During lunch, she gets up and faints. During the second part of the story, we meet Franny’s family and find out that Franny has come home from college because of a mental breakdown. Most of the story is conversation between Zooey, her brother, and Mrs. Glass, her mother. We learn that Franny’s break down is due to the Jesus Prayer. An idea…

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  • The Characteristics Of Symbolism In The Catcher In The Rye

    D. Salinger is part of the pantheon of important authors because of his many well-known works. J. D. Salinger was born Jerome David Salinger on January 1, 1919 in New York, NY. He was raised in Manhattan and was the second of two children of Sol and Miriam Salinger. His father was a prosperous Jewish merchant and his mother was Scots-Irish. Like Holden, he was expelled from several private preparatory schools before going to Valley Forge Military School and graduated two years later. However,…

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  • Short Summary Of The Catcher In The Rye

    and, soon after, married Sylvia Welter. He brought her to the United States in April 1946, but the marriage fell apart after eight months and Sylvia returned to Germany. Jerome was married three times; once to Sylvia Welter (1945-1947), once to Clair Douglas (1955-1965). and then finally o Colleen O’Neil whom he stayed married to. Jerome has two kids, Margaret and Matt (born February 13, 1960) who is now an American film actor; both children of his second wife Clair Douglas. Jerome Salinger…

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