Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Reading Franny and Zooey, pages 119-134 [English 12]

This section of the novel begins with a set change from the bathroom to the Glass' living room where Franny is sleeping on the couch. As Zooey enters the room, he pokes Franny and the family's "altered" tomcat, Bloomberg. The brother-sister duo converse about Franny's dream, Zooey's new script, and Franny's current state of being.

Please review the section questions below. Thinking carefully about the text, respond thoughtfully to one of the questions. Also, please comment on one student post.


  1. Explain Zooey’s statement to Bes, “Some exit lines you give yourself, buddy” (119).
  2. What is the purpose of the literary device known as catalog employed at the beginning of this section?
  3. What do the Glass’ furnishings reveal about their family’s beliefs, values, and interactions?
  4. What is the irony of Franny resting on the couch while Zooey speaks to her? What does this interaction reveal about their relationship?
  5. Why does the motif of sunlight shift from the beginning of this section to the end?
  6. Explain the allusion to Brother Anselmo.
  7. What does Zooey mean when he says, “Second, he knows I was born in New York and that if there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s atmosphere.”
  8. Dick Hess tells Zooey that the Glass family is “a family of psychotics and psychopathic prodigies.” Do you agree or disagree with Hess’ statement. Explain your position.
  9. Provide a character sketch of Franny.
  10. Provide a character sketch of Zooey.

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  1. 1) Zooey's statement to Mrs. Glass, "Some exit lines you give yourself, buddy" (Salinger, 119) means that as human we write our own stories and paths and we need to finish those paths and write our endings. The way you deal with everyday circumstances and life itself is how you write your path and how you will finish it.
    -Alejandra Matheu-Rios

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    1. When I read that section, I was confused by that excerpt, but your comments gave me some insight into Zooey's motivation!

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    The Glass family's furniture and belongings show that they are a religious family. Not only this, but they have much wealth for all the possessions they posses. Their family holds much value of wisdom and character. Their interactions on the other hand are not so strong; moreover, their family is not a team.

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    1. I agree with you completely. The Glass family isn't really a family, they are more like roommates.

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  4. 9. Franny Glass is transformed in this section of the book, from an angst-ridden student navigating her personal and professional lives, to someone who's lost her sense of self and is seeking some semblance of identity. She thinks she's found a way to connect with something larger than her own anxiety and self-loathing her late brother Seymour's book, The Way of the Pilgrim. Zooey talks to Franny about her apparent existential crises; she's been immobile for days, and their family is worried about her. They discuss Franny's infatuation with the book, and she reveals her insecurity and exasperation at the world around her. The comfort and solace that Franny draws from the book speaks not only to her inner sense of spirituality and mysticism, but also to some deep yearning or loss she feels for her brother Seymour.

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    1. I thought your analysis of Franny was very well said. She is a complex character and at times it is hard to tell what her motives are in what she does. Also, she seems to change her mind quite often so your description made it a lot easier to understand.

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  5. 10. Provide a sketch of Zooey.
    Zooey is a two-sided coin. He has a pompous side and a caring side. Zooey's pompous side is apparent when he is in a normal environment. He portrays that he is in a high-end play, yet he won't tell his family said play's name. Zooey's caring side comes out around his siblings. He is nurturing towards Franny in the way he tells her to eat and rest more often, but he can also be a goofball and make Franny laugh. Depending on who you are, provides you the side of Zooey.

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    1. I agree that Zooey does have a nurturing side to him. He can be caring and kind when he wants to be, but he does hold a grudge against his mother, displaying the other side of Zooey's personality.

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    2. This seems very true. It is stated in the book that Zooey either strongly likes someone or despises them, although I feel that even when does have his caring side out he can still be rather sarcastic or conceited.

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    3. I agree! This is a very accurate description of Zooey and I believe you portrayed him quite well! I also really liked how you compared him to a two-sided coin. I didn't think of him like that so that is a very interesting point to make.

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  6. 1. Zooey's statement to his mother that "some exit lines you give yourself" was very sarcastic in nature. He was upset with his mother for pushing opinions on him and trying to get him to talk to a therapist. He is sort of telling her that she is in charge of her own actions and that she will have to reap the consequences of them. He could also be inferring that she will get what is coming her way, sort of a reference to karma. Whatever he means by this, he definitely said it in a sarcastic way and he isn't the happiest with her.

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    1. I definitely agree with this about the sarcastic nature of Zooey towards his mother. It just shows that Zooey likes to get under Bessie's skin.

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  7. 1. The line, "Some exit lines you give yourself, buddy" is in reference to what Zooey says to Bessy as she walks out of the bathroom. The lines that provoked this line stated that Bessy misses the Glass children being nice and joyful Bessy wishes the children would go back to behaving as such. Zooey's snide remark comments on the fact that Bessy feels she is not involved in the hardening of the Glass children. His comment infers that she had control over the entire situation and choose the way it would play out, and Bessy even gave herself exit lines to say once the situation came to this point.

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  9. 4) What is ironic about Franny resting on the couch while talking to Zooey is that it is as if they are reenacting a psych session. It is ironic because Zooey is very against psychologists and yet he is practically being one for Franny at that moment. I believe that this shows how close they are. They have to have a pretty close relationship in order to be able to open up with one another as if it was an actual session.
    -Salma Hernandez

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    1. Maybe a normal psychoanalyst wouldn't work for Franny because she isn't close to what would be a complete stranger. Good point.

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  10. 8. I agree with Dick Hess's statement to Zooey about the Glass family "[being] a family of psychotics and psychopathic prodigies." If you look at all the characters that we have learned about so far in the book, they all are somewhat psychotic. Seymour had committed suicide on his honeymoon in the same bed his wife was in. Franny is currently going crazy after reading "The way of the Pilgrim." Franny is not eating and doing anything. She is going through some type of religious breakdown. Zooey seems to be acting somewhat autistic in the way he is talking and treating his mom. Also his mom is in the bathroom as he is in the bath tub and it seems as if that is a normal activity. Bessie, the mom, also seems somewhat psychotic. Bessie hoards random things. She had an abundance of items in her pockets. Why would she carry a hammer in her pockets? All of these characters seem to be psychotic in their own ways.
    -Audrina Krohn

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    1. I defiantly agree with your statement. I find that all of the characters so far in the novel, have some type of quirk to them. Each character seems to have signs of a different type of mental illness. This makes me, as the reader, feel over whelmed with the different types of people, but somewhat satisfied with it because I am able to understand each characters point of view.

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  11. 9. As Franny lies on the corduroy, brown and tan patterned couch, her thin, pale body sinks between the crack where the two cushions meet. Her eyes are as dark as an abyss in the middle of the ocean. With her veins as vibrant as a peacock and her bones as fragile as a rose floating on the water, her mind races with thoughts and the want to gain knowledge. Although her body is weak, her mind is strong.

    Leslie Ann Batog

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    1. I really like your use of figurative language. I am able to clearly picture the way Franny looks.

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    2. This is so descriptive I lost my train of thought while reading it. But overall, it gives me a clear picture of how she is feeling in that moment by how you describe what she looks like.

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  12. 4. It's somewhat ironic that Zooey is acting as a psychoanalyst for Franny because he seemed opposed to hiring one for her. He wasn't fully opposed to it, however. He didn't want Bessie to hire someone that wouldn't understand her psyche. I feel as though Zooey understands Franny's state of mind, either because he is very close to her or he has experienced what she is experiencing. Therefore, he is the psychoanalyst that he said Franny needs. His personality and their tight relationship doesn't make Franny worse as Zooey predicted a normal psychoanalyst would.

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    1. Hi, Thea! I also found it ironic that Zooey chose to act out the role of a psychoanalyst right after saying that he didn't want Franny to have one. Zooey definitely does seem to understand Franny more than anyone else does, tough, so you're completely right in that he fits as the psychoanalyst he thought would be best for her.

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  13. 3.) The furniture says a lot about the Glass family. The piano reveals that they are content, that they are in touch with their musical side. This is also revealed by the presence of theur three radios; a 1927 Freshman, a 1932 Stromberg Carlson, and a 1941 R.C.A.. Salinger said that their living room could have fit in in a banquet hall in Valhalla. This is interesting. Valhalla is a mystical hall in norse folktale where men would go after they die in combat. It is supposed to be a very mystical, beautiful, serene place. They had a tv set as well. In these times, not everyone had a television set so this is interesting to see that they had one. Another interesting observance was that they had three phonographs. It is obvious that they take value in the things that they have. It seems like they take a special sentimental value, because the years of all of their posessions vary, showing that they have had them a long time.

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  14. 1.) Explain Zooey's statement to Franny, "Some exit lines you give yourself, buddy" (119).
    In plays and other performances, actors often have significant lines they deliver when their role on stage comes to an end. These lines are usually included by playmakers and directors to draw an end to an individual’s role, emphasize the moral of the performance as a whole, and to leave a lasting memory in viewers’ minds.
    As highly volatile human beings, we are often put into situations where we have to decide whether we should hold on to things and people or let them go. This is almost similar to leaving a role, as we are moving from one stage in our lives to another. Zooey says “some exit lines you give yourself,” and it is exactly that way. In these situations, we are the ones in charge of drawing an end to our roles. We choose whether to say goodbye or hello and whether to start a conversation or remain silent; there are no playmakers or directors in charge of brainstorming exits for us.

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  15. 2. What is the purpose of the literally device known as the catalog employed at the beginning of this section?

    A house tells a lot about a person's class, the description on the apartment tell you that the Glass family are a white, wealthy family. "The room was not impressively large, even by Manhattan apartment-house standards..", In New York the housing is mostly in tall building with usually little to no suburbs, and the location and the items that were mentioned in the book made their living space upper class.

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  16. 3. I believe the Glass' furnishing reveals about how the family interacts with each other. Bess is known to have all these items in her pockets and when the setting changed to the living I feel as though all the items in the living room is from Bess putting them in there. Due to the fact Bess can not let go of certain items since they may have sentimental meaning to them. The family allows Bess to stock-pile these useless items since she may still be in grief over the family and the broken home they are in. It also seems like Mr. Glass himself is also suffering like Bess, where he can not let go of the pass. Mr. Glass just wishes to hear the radio show "The Wise Children" which may explain the three radios, since he was a proud father of the group of kids, the household even had a photo album for each child.

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  17. 4) It's ironic that Franny is sitting on the couch while Zooey speaks to her because it is almost like they are in a therapy-type of situation. This reveals that in their relationship Zooey is notably protective of Franny and wants Franny to express her emotions in a healthy manner.

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    1. When I read the section it reminded me a little bit of a therapy session too. I like Zooey's relationship with Franny because it doesn't seem like Zooey's is trying to talk Franny down. He seems to simply tell her what he really thinks without the smart that he pushes onto Bessie.

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    2. I agree it is like a therapy session. It is ironic that it is a therapy session because zooey talks about how much he does not like therapy sessions.

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    1. I also thought that most of the furnishings related back to the family. In my opinion, it's really cute that Bessie loves her family so much.

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  19. When Zooey says, "Second, he knows I was born in New York and that if there's one thing I can't stand it's atmosphere" he means that even though he may be a native to New York, he was not made to live amongst the actors and the mindsets that come from New York. He believes too many things are fabricated and ingenuine in that atmosphere and just can't stand it. He sees no reason to alter himself to fit in with those people and he simply believes he doesn't fit in with them. I think there are many people who feel the way Zooey does. Although there are many people who want to move to New York and be amidst all of the people, there are also people from New York that don't agree with the lifestyle provided with the landscape.

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    1. I really like the way you explained this question. I did not understand what Zooey really meant by that quote from the book. It makes sense that he would feel this way when you think about the way Franny feels about her peers. He probably sees the fakeness in society the same way that she does.
      -Katherine Andrews

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  21. Zooey's statement to Bessie, "Some exit lines you give yourself, buddy." Is him saying that some people give up even before they even tried. Or how they give up living the life they want and just live a life that was handed to them, and leaving any opportunity that's in their future. You decide what road you are going on and some people exit too soon because they are scared of what might happen to them and their reputation.

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    1. I like what you had to said. It could also be looked at like "destiny" has an exit line for somebody, but when you give it to yourself, it's like giving up. I like that analogy you made! :D

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  22. 3. The furniture in the living room of the Glass family reveals a few things about them as a whole. The living room is completely crammed with things of the past, of things that none of them really care about anymore that are just stacked against each other collecting dust. It tells us that their values are not about physically possessions. Although they had the ability to have all of these things, they do not necessarily care so much. It is sort of said that intellectual people care less about what they look like, and because the house was filled with such intellectual people, why should they care about what’s in the house? As long as they have everything that they need, I think that the Glass family is happy with what they have. The overflowing living room also tells us that the family members are not like the typical family members that communicate too well as a group like throwing out the old and getting rid of things that they don’t need anymore. Like Franny’s book The Way of a Pilgrim that she got from Seymour’s desk. Since it hurt Mrs. Glass so much, she hasn’t emptied Seymour’s room, and no one else has taken the initiative to clean it out themselves.

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    1. I like the comment on how intellectual people don't care about the physical world because it could be true

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  23. 8) Dick Hess said that the whole Glass family was a bunch of psychotics and psychopathic prodigies. I do not agree with this because in the brass tacks of the situation I feel all of the unstable thoughts and actions seemed to stem from Seymour and Buddy. The reason I say this is that Seymour and Buddy would always teach the younger of the two siblings and both Zooey and Franny have had meltdowns about the things that Seymour and Buddy had stressed throughout the lessons.

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  24. 8. I believe that the glass family can be considered a family of psychotics and psychopathic prodigies because an ongoing theme in the book is that their intellect is driving them crazy. One glass child had already committed suicide because he had a mental break due to the immense pressure he had on him as a "genius". I have noticed that all of the glass children seem very introspective and they are all so concerned with the great scheme of the world and finding their place in it. I think that besides the pressure that has been placed on them, they are all bothered with not being able to find a suitable place in the world, which is an intrinsic concern for every person. However, because of their intelligence, it seems to bother them even more than the average person.

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  25. Zooey is a 25 year old man, that still lives with his mother. He is an actor and does not like being part of certain scripts. Zooey is a shrewd person towards people. He think he is better than other people and that he knows a lot more than other people. He treats people like they are a step below him. He shows this against his mother, when they talk in the bathroom. Zooey is a person that has no regards for people around him.

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    1. This is a very descriptive analysis of Zooey. I think that every reader can agree Zooey is a very intense character who belittles those around him.

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  27. 4) While Zooey talks to Franny while she lays on the couch, the reader can see the irony in the situation. Franny said she had the most terrible dream, and Zooey tells her that he will interpret for her. The way Franny is sitting on the couch talking while Franny listens and tries to understand is similar to a therapy session. Their relationship at the moment seem more like Zooey is Franny's therapist, not her brother. It's also ironic because Zooey has very clearly expressed how opposed he is to psychoanalysts, yet here he is, sitting with her while trying to understand what is going through her head. He is acting as the psychoanalyst in this situation. This interaction reveals how close their relationship is. They are able to talk openly to each other. Franny is clearly very trusting of her brother, and she knows that she can easily talk to him. Becuase of this, Zooey can probably help her through her breakdown more than a professional psychoanalyst could.
    -Katherine Andrews

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    1. I agree they are a strange family. Who need help mentally.

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  29. Zooey's statement to Bessie as she leaves is, "Some exit lines you give yourself, buddy." (119) Bessie leaves in an extremely depressing note, commenting on how all of her children are unhappy, and that all the smarts in the world are not worth happiness. Zooey calls this out to her because it seems like this ending statement is like one of his scripts, but in a genuine delivery. Also, I doubt that Zooey is capable of letting someone who is not his intellectual superior or even equal having the last word. Her words could possible be forcing Zooey to look at his mother in a different life that he was not previously screening her through. This statement has a multitude of different meanings, but it is mostly likely related to something in Salinger's life. It could be the time that Oona O'neil left him, and sent him a letter that explained to such a degree, he could not really be angry with her. Salinger was a man of many secrets and the parting words could mean many things, or mean nothing at all.

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    1. I liked your explanation of the statement. I didn't completely understand it before.

      -Rebecca Andrews

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    2. Inability to let someone have the last word seems like a trait Zooey would have. Like Rebecca said above this response did an excellent job of clarifying the statement and making it make sense to me.

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  30. 8) I agree with Hess' statement to and extent, the Glass children are very intelligent , but very volatile. As we have seen one has committed suicide, and one died at war, leaving the others mentally scarred. I wouldn't quite go to the extent of psychopaths ,but they are very "out there" in the way they think and the things that happen to them. For instants Zooey's and Franny's mental break downs, something not usually associated with normal people. This in no way means these prodigies are psychotic they just have a different approach to life.

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  31. 4. What is the irony of Franny resting on the couch while Zooey speaks to her? What does this interaction reveal about their relationship?

    The irony of the situation is that Zooey is acting as a therapist; however, that's exactly what Zooey didn't want Franny to go through. The experience of Seymour visiting the psychoanalyst then soon after committing suicide has obviously traumatized Zooey to the point he refuses to go to therapy as well allowing Franny to go, although all the glass children would probably benefit from it.
    The interaction of Franny talking to Zooey so easily shows their relationship is good. They both have experienced very similar things in their lives and are or have been in a similar place. This shows that they probably should confide in each other more, but out of everyone in the family Zooey is probably the most understanding of Franny right now.
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  32. 4. Zooey adamantly insisted that Franny should not see a psycho analyst because he was of the opinion that it would not benefit her at all. Major irony is be employed in this passage in that Zooey expected his conversation with Franny to be casual, but it has turned into a situation reminiscent of a psychoanalyst appointment. Franny lies on the couch and talks while Zooey listens, and then it ends up flipping on Zooey, and he does the talking while Franny does the listening.
    Their relationship is much closer than I expected. They are so relaxed around each other and their conversations seem easy and without pressure; they obviously care about each other a lot.

    -Rebecca Andrews

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  33. I agree with Dick Hess' statement that the Glass family is "a family of psychotics and psychopathic prodigies." Looking at the members of the family we have dove into, they all have gone through or are currently going through some kind of psychotic episode. Seymour, at the age of 31, committed suicide on a vacation with his family, because of all of the pressure on him being a genius. Walker left politics to become a priest. Zooey, reading "The Way of the Pilgrim" had a mental breakdown leading to self discovery. Now, Franny, also reading "The Way of the Pilgrim", is going through a mental breakdown of her own. If we take a look in Bessie's pockets, we will find a numerous number of odds and ends, pertaining to what? We don't exactly know.

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  34. 3) The family's furnishings reveal that Bessie, who is in charge of most of the decorating, takes a lot of pride in her children's younger years. It also shows all the common interest that the family share and how intellectual they are. For example just in their living room, the family has a large book case with different types of readings, a piano, a ping pong table, and many other odd combinations normal people wouldn't have all together.

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  35. Franny resting on the couch while Zooey speaks to her is ironic because it is like a therapy session. Zooey plays the role of the psychoanalyst. Zooey said that he doesn't like psychoanalysts because of what they did to Seymour. He said that a very special psychoanalyst would have to help Franny. He doesn't even realize that he is that special psychoanalyst. This interaction reveals that they have a close relationship. They have a bond through having to undergo "intellectual abuse" from their siblings together. Zooey already went through what Franny is currently going through, so he understands how she feels.

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  36. 2. The literary device known as catalog gives the reader just a straight reading of what is in the room. With this book, the cluttering of the words/descriptions in the paragraph give way to a clutter image of the words in the book itself. So in this case, the amount of objects in the paragraph also give a visual to the amount of objects in the room.

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    1. What do you think this clutter is meant to represent?

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  37. 2. The purpose of the catalog at the beginning of the section is to show a little more on the Glass family than what has been shown. The catalog explains more about what has been collected over the years and how they can show the long lasting family of the Glasses. The fish tanks shows the impulsive buy of one of the children who really wanted fish as a pet but now is only decoration. The different television sets can show how long that family has been in that house. The catalog is also there to show what the family has been through along with the history of the family.

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  38. The purpose of catalog employed at the beginning of this section is to describe the appearance of the Glass family living room and give the reader a mental picture of the room the characters in the story have moved to. It also provides a slight background of the Glass family since it mentions the various stains on the carpet of the living room from various family pets and the awards from "It's a Wise Child" on the wall.

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  39. 9. Franny is a 20 year old, college drop out girl with short jet black hair. As of right now she is having a religion crisis due to her recent reading of "The Way of the Pilgrim", because of this breakdown Franny has been a sitting duck on the couch for the past weekend, sobbing. She is pretty intellectual, just confused. She previously dated a college guy named Lane. Franny is a heavy smoker, and has a history of passing out randomly. She has very bad eating habits, or lack of eating. From reader inference I would say that she can become fairly obsessive on certain topics.

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    1. I love the description that is given about Franny. It gives the reader a better insight on the character. This would also be a great description for someone who knows nothing about Franny. :)

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    2. Franny is too intellectually smart for Lane and I think that Lane and Franny's different ideology's and perspectives got in the way of their relationship.

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  40. The irony of Franny laying on the couch while Zooey talks to her is that it is like a therapy session, where the patient lies on the chair while they talk about their feelings to the therapist. Zooey though is against the idea of therapy and refused to send Franny to a therapist because he is convinced that that is one of the reasons that Seymour, their older brother, killed himself. The interaction reveals about their relationship that they are close and Franny and Zooey can talk to each other easily because they have both been through the same situation of "intellectual abuse" caused by Seymour and Buddy.

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    1. Wow I never even thought of that. Very interesting.

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    2. Now I see the irony; I hadn't seen the irony before. That makes so much sense now.
      -Jazmin Navarro

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    3. I hadn't looked at it that way. That's a really stereotypical therapy situation. I think that sometimes family listening to you kind of like therapy can be better than therapy because it's someone you trust, and someone who has been through a lot of the same things as you. I think that therapy isn't the right way for any of the Glass children, and this is a better way to do things.
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  41. Catalogging in literature is a helpful tool for authors to use to let readers better visualize
    a scene or setting in a story. At first, I thought that the over emphasis on detail to the
    room in Franny and Zooey was a bit much, but it really did put me in the Glass's living room.
    Making a list of each object and describing each article with extreme black and white detail
    made it very easy to imagine the upcoming scene between Zooey and Franny. I don't know if I
    have ever read a book that did catalogging like Salinger has in this book.

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  42. 10. Zachary "Zooey" Martin Glass is an intellectual 25 year old man. He is of Jewish and Irish descendants, giving him light eyes and dark hair. He is a bit thin with a visible spine and a mild physical abnormality of slightly oriented ears; however, he is considered the most handsome man in the Glass family. He is an academic whom is an inspiring actor: not something the stereotypical intellectual aims to achieve. He has a cynical view of the world and wishes that more people didn't consider him a freak for his superior intellect. Throughout the book, he seems to be quite close to his sister Franny, with a slightly less close relationship to his brother Buddy. Both Buddy and their late brother Seymour were involved in the intellectual abuse Franny and Zooey faced as children. He loathes the general falseness in society, just as Salinger seems to express in many of his characters. In general, his cynicism seems to lead to a lot of reality bombs on those he surrounds himself with.

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    1. I love that you included the section about intellectual abuse and how it contributed to his current behavior. Your comment on his cynicism and loathing of falseness was spot on.

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  43. The purpose of the cataloging of the Glass' family living room begins to paint a picture for the audience. It begins to show more about thew time period, their values, and their financial situation. All this information comes from one single literary device which is very useful. It shows how much Bessie cares for her kids and how much she cherishes their time on the radio show when it mentions all the trophy's she has. As a family they also value learning and reading which can be seen in the bookshelves full to the tops with books. This along with the many other details shows so much about the Glass family which is why cataloging was used.
    -Jazmin Navarro

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    1. This was a very good explanation. I was sort of confused as to what the purpose behind the cataloging was! Thank you! -mihaela

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  44. The literary device known as catalog is a listing of items. In this novel, J.D. Salinger begins page 119 with a catalog. He explains the atmosphere of the room in the Glass's house. With this description that Salinger gives to the reader, we get a better image of how they're set up and even of their way of living. Salinger mentions the piano, the three radios in the room, the television set, and even the 4 table-model phonographs. This little section gives the reader a much better insight of the taste of the Glass's family. We can infer by this that they're big on media. A catalog can be very helpful when it comes to the description of someone or something.

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  45. Franny is a 20 year old college student with jet black short hair. She was formerly involved with a boy named Lane, who she has not had contact with since her last contact with him at Sickler's. She seems to be very knowledgeable, based on her experiences with her older brothers teaching her what they know, even though it may not have been best for her. When she was with Lane she seemed to hide her intelligence with her apologies and statements like she was going insane. She has strong views on on the world and seems to be against or fed up with egotistical people , and more or less the higher socioeconomic class people that she seems to surround herself with. (By which I mean Lane to some extent). She was in college studying theater which sounds like it is her passion, however; she took a break since she has had a sort of crisis within herself. This began because of reading the Way of the Pilgrim, from her brother Seymour, and adapting some of those values to her life.She seems to have a close bond with Zooey and Buddy because she is willing to talk to them during her crisis.

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  46. 4. I believe the irony in Franny resting on the couch while Zooey talks to her lies in the fact that only moments before, Zooey was complaining about his mother intruding upon his personal private time. While there seems to be a difference in the level of intrusion seen in Franny and Zooey's conversation, I see it as an intrusion upon Franny's personal time nonetheless. I believe this interaction shows the difference between Franny and Zooey's relationship and Zooey's relationship with his mother, Bessie. While Zoeey was vehemently opposed to Bessie's intrusion, Franny seems less so towards Zoeey's intrusion. I believe this is because the relationship between Franny and Zoeey is much more personal and respectful than the one between Zooey and Bessie. Since it appears that the older Glass siblings have distanced themselves from the family, Franny and Zooey seemed to have formed a bond. Zooey seems to genuinely worry for the well being of his sister, but he goes about his worrying in a less intrusive manner than his mother did - perhaps this is why Franny was much less opposed to the intrusion than he was.

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  47. The Glass family's furnishing has showed the readers how serious that they take teaching their children and expanding their education. It show they encourage their children to seek outside knowledge from people who were especially the ones known as the greats. This type of atmosphere helps the Glass family shape their learning ideology from various figures that were able to shape society as it is today. It also establishes that people who pride themselves in their education display it around the house for other people to know of their academic knowledge.

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  49. Whether or not the Glass family is full of psychotics and psychopathic prodigies, Hess has no proper standing to state such thing. Even though there’s more than enough evidence to prove that they are, who is he to say that when he isn’t part of the family or at least close to them that he would know what’s going on in it. Even Bessie and Les didn’t even know what was going on when Seymour and Buddy were teaching their younger siblings things that kids that their age hadn’t even started to comprehend. There are just certain topics and comments best left in one’s brain that should never be said.

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  50. The purpose behind the catalog of the Glass' family living room was to vividly describe the setting for the audience. Also, I think the purpose of this was to show how Mr. and Mrs. Glass are stuck in the past, during a time when their children were all happy and blossoming on the radio show. Besides the room being very cluttered, it is decorated around "It's a Wise Child." This catalog is very helpful in explaining the atmosphere of the Glass family. I think their living space deeply reflects who the family really is on a deeper level. The detailed description really gives more insight of the Glass family, what they value, and what they surround themselves with.

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