In the first section, Franny is having a nervous breakdown as she expresses her misgivings towards college. At a restaurant with her boyfriend, she criticises her professors for letting section men, who are graduate students with “little button-down-collar shirt[s] and striped tie[s],” take over their classes when they are away (Salinger 14-15). She insists that the section men are “running around ruining things for people” by being conceited and not teaching literature properly...
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...ives (Salinger 202). Thus, Franny gains tranquility after understanding Zooey’s analysis of her spiritual beliefs that she must learn to accept others for who they are.
Franny and Zooey is spiritual novel that explores Franny’s journey on discovering the true meaning of her spiritual beliefs. In the beginning, she is having a mental breakdown due to her inability to cope with college; she attempts to resolve her problems by practicing spiritual beliefs but they worsens due to her lack of understanding. She is ultimately able to find the true definition of her spiritual beliefs when her brother Zooey intercedes her thoughts by explaining what her religious practices truly symbolize. She learns that the source of her problems is that she must come to accept the differences of others.
Salinger, J. D. Franny and Zooey. Boston: Little, Brown, 1991. Print.
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