‘You must let suffering speak, if you want to hear the truth’ (Cornel West). How audibly, and to what effect, does suffering speak in The Catcher in the Rye and Reservation Blues?
Salinger’s work as a whole highlights the traumatic effect of the death of a family member, and the difficulties of existing in a society which you feel alienated from. Alexie’s characters audibly express the suffering they experience as a result of poverty and racial oppression. Both texts discuss the suffering that occurs due to parental absence and other people’s violation of their personal moralistic codes.