Anthology: J.D. Salinger
Jerome David Salinger was famous for his writing skills and known from his famous novel, The Catcher in the Rye. However though, before becoming a successful man, he faced numerous problems and struggle in life. For example, he wasn’t much of a student and struggled to stay in school. Salinger’s parents was forced to send him into a military school, Valley Forge Military Academy, in Wayne, Pennsylvania after getting kicked out of Mcburney School in New York. In addition, he was traumatized after serving for 2 years in the army when World War II occurred. Salinger was hospitalized due to his nervous breakdowns and had various treatments to restore his health. When he was fully healed, Salinger started to make his way into publishing stories. In fact, he published the novel, The Cather in the Rye, and it became an immediate success, yet it led to public attention and deliberations. Due to unwanted attention, Salinger became reclusive, and started to publish new work less frequently. He followed the novel, The Cather in the Rye, with a short story collection, Nine Stories (1953), and a short story, Franny and Zooey (1961), all with the same themes of Children and Love.
In the Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield, the protagonist, was the narrator of the novel. The novel is about a teenager lost in the adult world and trying to search for his real identity and some company to keep him occupied. Through his journey, he had trouble communicating and finding people to be with. He finds everyone around him, especially his friends, “phonies”. In his opinion, children are caring, genuine, and kind hearted, whereas adults are “phonies”, self-centered and abusive to little children. In fact, the only person to put a smile on his face is his sister, Phoebe. She brings joy to his brother, Holden, because they have a special communication with each other and it reminds Holden of when he was a kid. In addition, the affectionate of love is also...
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