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GiggleGrass
7 years ago#1
Jeffrey Ngo
1/24/12
English 1p Acc
Assignment: “Nine Stories” Character Analysis
One life, many perspectives
In “Nine Stories” by J.D. Salinger, the author’s overall tone towards the Ramona of "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut" and the narrator of “The Laughing Man” is . In “Nine Stories” by J.D. Salinger, the author conveys how Ramona and the narrator of “The Laughing Man” have different perspectives on life giving them different personalities and goals.
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User Info: GiggleGrass

GiggleGrass
7 years ago#2
Jeffrey Ngo
1/24/12
English 1p Acc
Assignment: “Nine Stories” Character Analysis
One life; Many perspectives
“Nine Stories” by J.D. Salinger, is nine short stories comprised into a single book. At the very beginning of the book, Salinger introduced a Zen koan, “We know the sound of two hands clapping. But what is the sound of one hand clapping?”, meaning that everyone knows the sound of two hands clapping but only the reader can create/imagine the sound of one hand clapping. So the sound of one hand clapping is the individual’s perspective on what the sound shall be. In “Nine Stories” by J.D. Salinger, the author conveys how Ramona and the narrator of “The Laughing Man” have somewhat different perspectives on life resulting in different personalities but similar goals.
Both Ramona and the Narrator of “The Laughing Man” wish to succeed the goal to be free and have fun with life but in diverse ways. Ramona obtains amusement from playing with her imaginary friends because since her friends are just an abstract idea, she can mold that idea into whatever she sees fit. So when Ramona imagined, “Jimmy was run over and killed” (Salinger 36), meaning she is not satisfactory with Jimmy anymore so she got rid of him and quickly replaced him with his successor, Mickey Mickeranno. While the Narrator from “The Laughing Man” has fun by listening Chief tell the story of the Laughing Man. The Narrator describes the story as being, “able to take it home with you and reflect upon it while sitting…” (Salinger 58) , meaning that the story has a deep connection with the Narrator’s mind as he favors the option of wasting time pondering over the story which indirectly gives the Narrator a sense of adventure. This also reveals that both Ramona and the Narrator prefer and enjoy their fantasy life more than real life.
The Narrator of “The Laughing Man” and Ramona both have different personalities which result in different types of enjoyment. To begin, the narrator had the, “some-girls-just-don’t-know-when-to-go-home-look” (Salinger 64), meaning he did not respect and like girls like Ramona respects and likes boys as she already has a make-believe boyfriend.
In Conclusion, the perspective on life from Ramona and the Narrator of “The Laughing Man” are dissimilar due to their conditions and influences. So for Ramona, because of her near-blindness, she cannot live a real life like a normal child giving her no choice but to use her imagination to create herself a friend. The Narrator, however, is influenced greatly by the Chief so he will take whatever the Chief says to heart, especially the story of the Laughing Man. (Something)
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