Essay Topic 1
Setting is crucial to any story as to the development of a character. Salinger sets the bulk of the story of Franny and Zooey in the bathroom. What does the setting of the bathroom do to drive the characters of Bessie and Zooey? What does it say about each of them individually? What does it say about their relationship to each other?
Essay Topic 2
Zooey is a character of contradictions. What are those contradictions and are they ever resolved in the story?
Essay Topic 3
Ego and phoniness are recurring themes in the novel. What is Salinger expressing about his feelings on each of these themes?
Essay Topic 4
Bessie tells Zooey that he cannot "live in the world with such strong likes and dislikes." Using examples and quotes from the book, show how Zooey has strong likes and dislikes. Then explain what Bessie is trying to teach...
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