Introdutionand Volumes 1, 3. Franny, the youngest of the Glass siblings, is an attractive college student who meets her Ivy League boyfriend, Lane Coutell, for the weekend of the Yale football game.
America in the s J. Less than a decade after the United States allied with Great Britain and the Soviet Union, forming one of the most powerful forces in history to defeat the axis powers in the war, the U. Americans, equipped for the first time in a long while with a good amount of money, flooded to the suburbs and replaced any sorrows they might have had with material products and consumerism -- creating an America of conformity and extravagance that Salinger would devote much of his writing to critiquing.
With the publication of Catcher in the Rye in the summer ofAmerica was introduced to Holden Caulfield, a character who would continue to remain in the American psyche for over half a century.
Holden was the voice of this young generation who did not seem to have the same conformist attitudes or mainstream goals as their parents.
Predictably, this critique of society and questioning of traditional American values was quickly met with an attempt to censor the message of dissent. Beginning in and continuing for decades, Catcher was criticized for its cynical tone, its "un-American" content, and its foul language " goddams, 58 bastards, 31 Chrissakes, and 1 fart," according to one complaint" Steinle 3.
But despite this controversy, and no doubt at least partially because of it, countless numbers of Americans read Salinger's first and only novel -- making it a topic of debate and discussion ever since. Teenagers who were moved by The Catcher in the Rye not only felt they could relate to Holden, but felt that they could identify with him.
In other words, teenagers in the s were able to find a voice in Holden Caulfield; a voice that was speaking both to them and for them. Silverberg explains how this connection to the book's main character was felt in two ways.
Many young people in the s felt that Holden was the spokesperson for their generation and that he was able to capture and express a universal experience and collective mindset of teenagers at the time.
They use Holden as a gateway to connect themselves to other youth who they feel share these same frustrations and take comfort in the fact that this character has been able to verbalize their collective plight. These young people were in search of a shared voice that was accessible to the masses and they were able to find sense of unity in Holden.
While some people saw Holden as the messenger that so effectively conveyed the thoughts of their entire generation to the rest of society, others were drawn to Holden in a very different way.
Silverberg explains that this group of people is able to identify with Holden in a much more private way, because they feel that they have shared something with the main character that nobody else has. In this case, the anxiety and disaffection of youth is a rare understanding shared between Holden and the reader," Silverberg said.
This group of people feels that the experience that they share with Holden is one that is specific to them.
The specific experience Holden and his fans and followers are speaking about is a post-War culture for which they, the youth, feel disgust and disconnect. The older generation in the country had tried to stand up to Communism by living out their Americanness through wealth and conformity.
But underneath it all, many people, youth in particular, experienced an extreme dissatisfaction and emptiness.
Rod Serling, one of the s' most respected television playwrights, was very aware of this growing disillusionment among youth. Whether they felt alone in their plight or whether they tried to validate their own thoughts by imagining they were part of a larger group of young people with a similar experience, Holden Caulfield's real, candid and uncensored testimony seemed to perfectly express the frustrations of this young generation in a conformist society that they "saw through.
Is the Age of Formative Books Over? In those days Holden was my 'secret sharer. To be sure, what Holden said in bald print I dared only whisper sotto voce. Holden's objection to the conformity he sees in the world around him is evident from the opening lines of the novel: If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I tell you my whole goddam autobiography or anything. Catcher 1 This passage grabs the reader's attention for several reasons. Salinger sets a "rebellious" tone for the entire piece by opening his novel with the protagonist making a crack on the writing style of one of the most respected authors of the twentieth century.
Additionally, it calls into question the values of s America and what people generally view to be important. In her book In Cold Fear: Salinger is using Holden as a vehicle to express his discontent with American's new-found obsession with status and outward appearance in Cold War, s America.
In a New York Herald Tribune review of Catcher, Virgilia Peterson wrote that although Holden engaged in behavior that might have been considered questionable or rebellious at the time, such as using profanity, lying, drinking, lusting over women, engaging in physical violence and performing poorly in school, that he ultimately was a decent, respectable person with pure intentions in life.
Peterson's review itself seems to express sentiments of the adult mainstream culture.Musician Tomas Kalnoky of Streetlight Manifesto also cites Salinger as an influence, the main character of Catcher in the Rye, in the song "Here's To Life". Biographer Paul Alexander called Salinger "the Greta Garbo of literature".
Critical Companion to J. D. Salinger. J.D. Salinger's powerful fiction and enigmatic persona have captivated readers for more than 50 years. His works include Nine Stories; Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters; and Franny and Zooey, but Salinger's literary reputation rests on his coming-of-age masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye.
Post-war literature can be partially credited for this transition from a conventional youth to a rebellious one.
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J. D. Salinger, one of the foremost authors of the post-war literature movement, had an immense impact on post-war art, culture, and literature, through his use of dynamic characters.
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Franny and Zooey J. D. Salinger his distinctive place in modern American literature, What is the purpose of religious practices in J. D. Salinger's book Franny and Zooey? J. D. Salinger's. Jan 28, · It's not clear whether J.D. Salinger was aware of the existence of this abstract "interpretation" of his first book, or how Tomm cleared the legal hurdle Salinger put in . Post-war literature can be partially credited for this transition from a conventional youth to a rebellious one. J. D. Salinger, one of the foremost authors of the post-war literature movement, had an immense impact on post-war art, culture, and literature, through his use of dynamic characters.
Scott Fitzgerald on J.D. Salinger Written by Kathy Gabriel December, As two of the most influential and well-known authors of the 20 th century it is not surprising that F.
Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway would inspire a great many young writers. The year-old protagonist of J.D.
Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye was a world-weary and tortured soul trapped in the body of a prep-school student, and his shiftless romp around New York City.
"The Catcher in the Rye" deeply influenced the biographical drama film, "Rebel in the Rye", which is about J.D. Salinger. It is a visual about his life, before and after World War II, and gives more about the author's life than the readers of "The Catcher in the Rye" learned from the novel.