J.D. Salinger's concept of the family

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Authors
Hanes, Janice Eileen (Wysong), 1943-
Advisor
Trimmer, Joseph F.
Issue Date
1970
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Abstract

This thesis examines the family as presented in the works of J.D. Salinger. Two aspects of the family relationship are examined: how members of the family relate to each other and how they relate to people outside the family. The works used in this study are Nine Stories, The Catcher in the Rye, Pranny and Zooey, and Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenters and Seymour, An Introduction.This examination reveals Salinger’s shift from a parent-dominated family to a child-centered family as well as the move from a family group which interacts with people outside the family to a family which has little relation to the world outside itself.

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