Analysis Of Fanny And Zooey

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The Dependency of Franny Glass In JD Salinger’s Franny and Zooey, Franny Glass undergoes a mental and physical collapse, followed by a spiritual crisis. Every one of the Glass children is considerably precocious and deep thinking, and Franny and Zooey are no exception. With her fluctuating self-worth and perception, Franny begins to break down without any conscious awareness of why, which ultimately leaves her curled up on her mother’s couch in a state of emotional, intellectual, and spiritual crisis. This is why there is a need for urgent and vigorous “therapy” for Franny, and Zooey, having shared the elder Glass’ spiritual instruction, is the only character capable of providing any support for Franny. One inconsistency between the originally two different stories, Franny, followed by, Zooey, is the lack of remorse or consideration Franny Glass has in Franny, while these traits die out in Zooey. In Zooey, Franny shows a reliance on her brothers’ opinions of her to determine her self worth. Though she doesn’t speak with…show more content…
Zooey Glass is the only member of the Glass family to be completely at peace with the loss of their oldest brother, Seymour. As Buddy phrases it in his letter to Zooey, “[Waker] said you were the only one who was bitter about S.’s suicide and the only one who really forgave him” (68). Bessie and Franny both have not moved on, consequently aggravating Zooey. Zooey puts his own feelings aside to help Franny, showing how much love he has for her, considering he has no interest in trying to help his mother. Zooey knows that Franny needs as much love and support as she can get, though she constantly pushes people away, including him. Franny has not come to grasp the reality of Seymour’s death and moved on, therefore Zooey becomes as selfless as he can to provide Franny with the closure she so desperately

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