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A recurring theme in J D Salingers stories concerns people who dont fit in with the traditional American culture His main characters are super-intelligent humans who must choose between the phony real world American culture and a morally-pure nice world Salingers characters unlike the rest of society are caught in the struggle between a superficial world and a conscious morality They do not conform to the material happiness but search for a spiritual happiness The works of JD Salinger show the quest for happiness through religion loneliness and symbolism In Nine Stories Franny Glass keeps reciting the Jesus Prayer to cope with the suicide of her brother Seymour This prayer serves as a means of comfort and the last hope for Franny in this situation She would be lost if their was no prayer Another instance of searching comfort through religion is shown in Catcher in the Rye Holden Caufield is in despair for losing his girlfriend so he reads a passage in the Bible This probably helps him change his outlook on life Holden was alone then and had no one to turn back on until he found the Bible In Franny and Zooey the youngest Glass child Franny has a nervous breakdown Influenced by Seymours interest in Eastern philosophy she is frustrated with the superficial world around her In the second half of the book Zooey explains to his younger sister Franny that they and the rest of the Glass family are the problem not the rest of the world They are different because they were religiously enlightened by their two oldest brothers Seymour and Buddy Were freaks thats all Those two bastards got us early and made us into freaks with freakish standards thats all Were the Tattooed Lady and were never going to have a minutes peace the rest of our lives till everybody else is tattooed too Franny 139 As Zooey says the only thing that counts
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