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Franny Glass -  The protagonist of the "Franny" section; Franny, a 20-year-old college student who is in the midst of a breakdown, is the youngest child in the Glass clan. She is an actress and an English major, but she has become disenchanted with college, socially and academically. She is dating Lane Coutell.
Zooey Glass -  The protagonist of the "Zooey" section; Zooey, age 25, helps his sister, Franny, through her spiritual breakdown. He is a television actor and is the best-looking member of the Glass clan, according to their brother Buddy.
Bessie Glass -  The mother of the Glass clan, Bessie is, with her husband, Les, a former Vaudeville star. She encourages the children's intellectual pursuits but is not nearly so gifted herself. She constantly wears a large, unflattering kimono around the apartment.
Buddy Glass -  The narrator who claims to have authored the "Zooey" section, Buddy is the second-oldest Glass child. At the time in which he narrates the story, however, Buddy is the oldest remaining Glass child, since Seymour committed suicide several years prior. Buddy claims to be guilty of perhaps excess religious coaching of Franny and Zooey. Buddy is a writer and a teacher at a remote college. Many parallels can be drawn between the character of Buddy and J. D. Salinger himself.
Lane Coutell -  Franny Glass's boyfriend, Lane represents much of the phoniness and egotism in intellectualism and academics that Franny cannot stand. He is fairly insensitive to her breakdown and only talks about wanting her to read a paper that he got a good grade on.

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huge JD Salinger fan

by johnclarke795, December 17, 2016

I am a huge JD Salinger fan, and I'm one of those people who's read "Catcher in the Rye" like 200 times, several times a year since I was about twelve. I buy into every cliche said about it: it changed my life, it made me want to write, it validated my own teen angst, Salinger captures teen-speak amazingly well, Holden Caulfield is vulnerable and wise, a kid-hero, etc.

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Franny and Zooey Examined

by RenAlex, June 21, 2017

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Review: J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey

I struggled with clenched teeth to digest this dry, stiff, overly pedantic, wordy nonsense. To me, great literature is written in a clear, concise, simple fashion. This work is "frittered away by detail[s]" (Thoreau). Salinger pompously tries to express to his readers (through Franny, at least,) the absurdity of being uppity. If he is attempting to prove her point through his writing style, he should have offered his readers a butter knife rather than a machete to h... Read more