Modern Classics MC Pr. 3
Franny and Zooey Essay
Zen is emphasizing the value of meditation and intuition rather than ritual worship or study of scriptures. Or the togetherness of mind and body. Zen is one of the major themes of the novel Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger. The novel starts off with Franny Glass going to meet her boyfriend, Lane. As they are in a restaurant having lunch together, Franny starts to have a breakdown. She says she is so tired with people’s egos, and fakeness. This is the “Jesus Prayer” comes into play. It’s a prayer that you continuously recite to cleanse ones spirit. As Franny feels another breakdown happening, she gets up and starts walking to the ladies room. On her way there, in the middle of the dining area, she faints.
Zooey Glass, Franny’s brother, begins where Franny part is left off. It’s about a week or two later since Franny’s breakdown and the setting is now in the Glass’s family home in New York City. This is when the mother, Bessie Glass, is introduced. Bessie wants Zooey to talk to Franny. Zooey does what his mom says and has a long and deep discussion with Franny. It starts out as Zooey being hard and yelling and Franny saying she doesn’t know the real reason why she is doing the Jesus Prayer and that she needs to stop being so judgmental on people. As Zooey realizes he really isn’t getting thru to Franny, he decides to walk out the living room and enter his older brothers Buddy and Seymour’s room. In there, he calls the Glass’s house phone from another line and pretends to be the understanding and helpful big brother, Buddy, and asks to speak to Franny. As Franny is talking to “Buddy”, she realizes it’s really Zooey and asks why he is calling. There Zooey decides to have another conversation with Zooey to help her find peace and understanding of the Jesus Prayer, and everything else that’s wrong in her life. And with this second conversation, Franny finally finds peace with her spiritual...
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