Mysterious ways of J.D. Salinger Essay

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     J.D. Salinger could be considered one of the greatest, and most contrevertional authors of our time. We only know limited things about him and his work. He has been pushed off into the woods due to betrayal by his loved ones, and people close to him. Negative criticism of his work has also contributed to making him leave. Not to mention the biggest factor which made him want to be left alone, phoniness. These are the reasons that I believe why he wants to be left alone and not give interviews, this is also what fuels the press to keep chasing after J.D.
     To give a brief biography of what J.D. did up until his name was heard of, here’s how it all started. In 1934 J.D.’s father
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Franny states “I’m just sick of ego, ego, ego. My own and everybody else’s. I’m sick of everybody that wants to get somewhere, do something distinguished and all, be somebody interesting. It’s disgusting -it is, it is. I don’t care what anybody says”(Salinger 29-30). Along with Franny another one of Salinger’s characters (probably his most well known) Holden Caulfield has the same set of views. He also would like to abolish all of the phonies out there.
     While reading any work by Salinger I think that he is trying to get you to look beneath just what you see on the surface, past looks, and money. After the Herriges interview he says that the first two passages that came into his mind where from A Perfect Day for Bananafish, and Zooey (129). In both of these stories the characters talk of not wanting physical aspects to be looked at. This is what I believe what Salinger is trying to do, get us to look at a person from the inside, who they really are. Again, in the Eppes interview he tells her that about why he doesn’t give autographs. He feels that they are meaningless, and that no author with respect gives them out (234). These are some of the reasons I feel that Salinger retreated to the woods, because these things happening in today’s society. Money and looks are what seem to matter these days.
     Again the
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