J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey

1384 Words Feb 19th, 2018 6 Pages
J. D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey is about a twenty-year-old college student named Franny, who is seeking spirituality in her life. She is a member of the intelligent Glass family, whose children struggle with conforming to society after appearing on the television quiz show called It’s a Wise Child. Salinger’s novel is composed of two sections. The first section, Franny, deals with Franny explaining to her boyfriend her distaste for the college environment. In the second section, Zooey, Franny discusses with her brother Zooey about feeling isolated from the people around her and finding spirituality in her life. In Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger, the main protagonist, Franny, undergoes a change in perspective as she tries to cope with her dissatisfaction with the world through her spiritual beliefs. In the beginning, Franny is experiencing a deterioration in mental health due to her severe judgemental attitude and harsh criticism of her college experience; with little thought, she turns to prayer in an attempt to resolve her difficulties, but her problems grow worse due to her lack of understanding of religion. Eventually, she comes to a greater understanding of her relationship with others as she realizes the genuine meaning of her spiritual beliefs through listening to Zooey’s consoling advice. In the first section of the novel, Franny is having a nervous breakdown as a result of her growing isolation and her misgivings towards college. At a restaurant with her…
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