Young adulthood is often a time for maturing spiritually. Franny Glass, the protagonist of J.D Salinger’s novel, Franny and Zooey, began to question her religious beliefs, during this time of spiritual growth. Franny’s quest for religion caused her to become pessimistic, bitter, and emotionally unstable.
Franny held many strong beliefs that caused her to view her surroundings pessimistically. After spending three years contently in college, Franny changed her view of the college experience. She decided that college was “one more dopey inane place in the world.” (Salinger, 146) She failed to see college as a place that allows one to increase his or her knowledge and independence. Similarly, she thought “that just because [she] wanted enlightenment or peace instead of prestige or fame-doesn’t mean that [she was] not as egotistical and self seeking as everybody else.”(Salinger, 149) Instead of looking for the positive qualities in others, she made a generalization that all people are egotistical and self-seeking. Additionally, she “raved and bitched about the stupidity of [her] audiences [and their] unskilled laughter.”(Salinger, 199) Despite the fact that the audiences were supporting Franny by watching her perform, she insists all audiences are stupid. Franny’s religious quest caused her to view her surroundings pessimistically.
Franny was worried by her questions concerning religion. These questions caused her to be extremely bitter. “[She] picked on professor Fallon…, Lane…, and her roommate.”(Salinger, 145) Although “[she] knew what a bore [she] was being and that she was depressing people, even hurting their feelings, [she] just [did] not stop picking.” (Salinger, 146) “Franny was so sick of pendants and conceited little tearer-downers [she felt she] could have screamed.”(Salinger, 17) Despite the fact that Franny’s knowledgeable professors had...
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