J.D. Salinger: Short Stories

Manipulation in textual representations of people and politics 12th Grade

Composers draw on their political and social milieu in the representations of people and politics which align with their contextual purpose and hence, such representations are inherently manipulated to serve a particular agenda. Such is significantly illustrated in the satire Brave New World (BNW) (1931) where author Aldous Huxley represents a world founded on mass production, manipulating the text in accordance to Huxley’s own disillusionment with of the unchecked capitalism of America for its detrimental repercussions on society. J.D Salinger is influenced by the American consumerist culture engendered by the post-war economic boom in his short story A Perfect Day for Bananafish (PDF) (1948), where he similarly represents the negative ramifications of the political ideologies which justify materialism, inevitably shaping the audience’s response to align with Salinger’s own existential nihilism. Both texts demonstrate that representations of people and politics are influenced by both the author’s context and manipulated by their individual values.

Composers manipulate their audience’s reactions to aspects of prevalent contextual political ideologies through their deliberate choices of textual devices in their representations...

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