“We’re freaks,the two of us, Franny and I… and both of those bastards
are responsible…I could murder both without batting an eyelash…
The great teachers, the great emancipators.”
Childhood memories are ripples of waves crashing serenly throughout my
mind. Memories of climbing trees, playing dress-up and other fun-filled
reminiscences float through these waters like drift wood. I remember
nothing but living in a joyful bliss. My only tragdy was when Barbie’s
beloved Ken’s head fell off.
We are all increadibly innocent as children. We will reach out to anyone’s
hand with out eyes fille with trust. The events of our childhood determines
who we are, what we will be, what our future hold. For example, I have
recently learned that, in many cases, an abused child will result in a
loathsome and abusive adult. The process continues geeneration after
generation. This is devestating because his or her child has absolutely
no power in controlling the early events of their childhood. An abused
child is not at fault of the results of their childhood. A child is easily
susceptible to having the rest of his or her life ruined, such as being
I believe this happened in Franny and Zooey’s case as children. They came
from a relatively large family, consisting of two parents and seven siblings.
The Glass children had a radio talk show called the “Wise Child” when they
were younger. Such pressures put upon the children resulted in which Zooey
calls “The Wise Child complexes”. He believes that they never really
left the air. He believes that instead of carrying a normal conversation,
he expound on everything and ;therefore, is not able to keep his mouth
The two eldest siblings of the Glass children, Seymour and Buddy, have
influenced both Franny and Zooey, who are the two youngest in the family.
Zooey believes that it is them who have made him and Franny what they
are now, “freaks”. Because Zooey believes they are responsible, he
developed a hatred for his brothers. I believe this hatred evolved from
fustration. This fustration could possibly be caused from the seperation
he must feel towards Seymour and Buddy. Seymour commited suicide, leaving
young Zooey with unanswered questions. Buddy appears to be cutting himself
off from his family,or even reality. He lives as a hermit, he is locked
away in a cabin with neither heating, electricity, nor a phone. Seymour
and Buddy have both put themselves in the same situation toward Franny and
Zooey. It seems that Buddy does everything that Seynour did, or tries to.
Zooey wonders why Buddy just does not kill himself and “get it over with”.
The problem is lack of communication.
Franny seems to be looking for something, in terms of the complexities
of her life. Perhaps it could be an answer to a meaningful question.
She turns to two of Seymour’s old books, entitled The Way of a Pilgram
and The Pilgram continues on His Way. She carries these bood with her
everywhere she goes. These books are about a peasant man in search of
understanding, how to pray wihout ceasing, so he can reach some sort
of religious enlightenment. This man somehow relates to Franny,as the
man is searching for bliss and Franny for some sort of meaning.
Franny and Zooey are victims. They are robbed of the right to feel
security, happiness, and “normality”. They understand what they have
become, but do not understand what shall happen next. They will never
have the feeling of security. This novel relates to our society because
this type of situation happens everywhere today. It has always been around.
If it was not, then I believe that this world would be so much brighter and
happier. We should learn to understand this problem, help others in distress,
and stop it from occuring.