J. D. Salinger Essay - J. D. Salinger American Literature Analysis

J. D. Salinger American Literature Analysis

Several characteristic themes are evident throughout Salinger’s work: the innocence of childhood versus the corruption of adulthood; honesty versus phoniness; estrangement, isolation, and alienation; and the quest for enlightenment and understanding of such fundamental issues as love, suffering, and the problem of evil.

Characteristic techniques recur as well. They include the use of dialogue, gesture, and personal objects to reveal character and relationships; the repetition of characters from one story to another; the reliance on puzzles, paradoxes, and riddles in a way similar to that used by teachers of Zen Buddhism; and frequent allusions to religious teachers and texts, philosophers, and authors and their...

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