Master of Arts (MA)
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John C. Unrue
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The following thesis analyzes the problematic nature of J.D. Salinger’s principal Glass family stories (“A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” “Franny,” “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters,” “Zooey,” “Seymour: an Introduction,” and “Hapworth 16, 1924”) primarily by means of examining errors in narrative structure, complications in constructing a clearly defined sense of spirituality, and a lack of a functional organization between stories. I argue that although these components of Salinger’s Glass family stories ultimately prove to be problematic and account for inconsistencies within the overarching narrative, they are a product of experimentation with form and, as such, should be viewed positively as necessary processes in expanding and traversing standard literary paradigms.
American literature; Glass family; Literary form; Salinger; J. D. (Jerome David); 1919-2010
American Literature | Arts and Humanities
Filipelli, Ceasare Joseph, "The Pleasantly Problematic Nature of J.D. Salinger's Glass Family Stories" (2015). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2350.