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Many critics consider J D Salinger a very controversial writer for the subject matters that he writes J D Salingers works were generally written during two time periods The first time period was during World War II and the second time period was during the 1960s Critics feel that the works during the 1960 time period were very inappropriate because of the problems for which he wrote The main characters were generally misfits of society In most of his works he has the protagonist of the story go on a quest for happiness Salinger does not conform to the material happiness the characters undergo a spiritual happiness The characters generally start out as in bad conditions through the end of his works they undergone changes that change them for the better The works of J D Salinger show the quest for happiness through religion loneliness and symbolism Salingers works often use religion in order to portray comfort In Salingers Nine Stories Fray Glass keeps reciting the Jesus Prayer to cope with the suicide of her brother Seymour Bloom in Bryfonski and Senick 69 Salinger is able to use this prayer as a means of comfort for Fray The prayer stands for the last hope for Fray in this situation Fray would be lost if their was no prayer Bryfonski and Senick 71 Salinger shows us comfort in Catcher in the Rye Holden Caufield the protagonist is very much in despair for losing his girlfriend so Caufield reads a passage in the Bible This helps Holden change his outlook on life Salzberg 75 Holden was all alone at this point and had no one to turn back on until he found the Bible Salzberg 76 In both stories the characters had found themselves in bad situations The characters in these works have obstacles which they must overcome in order to achieve happiness Salzman 34 Happiness is the very substance which all of these characters are striving
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