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Salingers children as they appear in various novels and short stories portray the ills of modern society through their innocence and spirituality their honesty and sometimes erratic behaviour They are often as fragile and odd as they are intelligent and endearing and the obscenities of life tend to overwhelm them at times My intention is to show how Salinger uses the same technique over and over in his work That is the use of children with all the innocence and idealism of youth to depict the falseness of modern society Through these children and young adults from Holden and Franny to little Esme Ramona and Teddy along with others Salinger tells a tale of the human condition that is witty and humourous but at the same time often tragic Holden Cauflield who is the main character in Catcher in the Rye and Franny Glass of Franny and Zooey are similar characters is many ways They are of a similar age and are very sensitive to what they call the phoniness of the world around them An example is when Holden goes to a bar called Ernies which was run by Ernie some big hotshot piano player Holden describes him as being a terrific snob and he wont hardly even talk to you unless youre a big shot or a celebrity every time he would finish a song old Ernie turned around on his stool and gave this very phony humble bow Like as if he was a helluva humble guy Franny describes what she calls a Wally Campbell type of person theyre going to pull up a chair and straddle in backward and start bragging in a terribly quiet casual voice--or name dropping in a terribly quiet casual voice Theres an unwritten law that people in a certain social or financial bracket can name-drop as much as they like as long as they say something terribly disparaging about the person as soon as
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