J D Salinger Essay

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J.D. Salinger (Jerome Davis Salinger) was said by some people to be one of the best American Authors of past century. Salinger’s works reflects the many experiences he had as a child. One of the more common focuses tends to be his fascination with protecting the innocence in children.
Salinger was born in New York City an attended public school until he switched to the exclusive McBurney School. In attending this school, Salinger was called an “academically unexceptional student”. After this he was sent to the Valley Forge Military Academy. During his time there he added to the literary magazine and yearbook. After this he went on to NYU for a short amount of time.
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It is ridiculous to mention even" (4.20). When writes this we don't know what “it” is referring to. When Teddy and Nicholson are talking, Teddy tells him that you have to clear all the logic out of your mind and tells him the apple Adam ate in the Bible contained "logic and intellectual stuff," The reason why this quote is so important is because it relates back to the fine line between being an adult and a child. Salinger was almost obsessed with this theme. Salinger was also very interested in the whole religion aspect and that “taking a bite out of the tree of knowledge,” wouldn't make you a kid anymore. Even though Teddy is extremely smart , he still wants to considered a child. While Teddy and Nicholson are talking Nicholson asks Teddy this, “I take it you have no emotions?” Nicholson asks. “If I do, I don’t remember when I ever used them,” Teddy replies. “I don’t see what they’re good for.” After this Teddy explains to Bob that he loves God, but not “sentimentally,” and that his parents may love him, but “love their reasons for loving him almost as much as they love him, and most of the time more.” This somewhat shows how is parents don't really treat him as the child he is. While continuing to talk to Nicholson, he mentions how he has a swim lesson and that he hopes the pool will be empty for water-changing, and his sister will playfully push him in, and he will fracture his skull. Shortly after this Nicholson hears “an all-piercing, sustained scream – clearly coming from a small, female child.” Teddy has an extreme fascination with death including his own. This is extremely disturbing since he is just a 10 year old child. This shows exactly how sometimes taking a bite out of the tree of knowledge can corrupt a child, and really there is now way of bringing them back.
Lost innocence and trying to regain it is very prominent Salinger’s The Laughing Man. One of the main characters in this story, Chief, spends his time with young boys in an attempt to carry on his youth. The story is told by the narrator, a young boy who is in...

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