Franny and Zooey is the story of, among other things, a brother and sister largely dissatisfied with the world around them. Franny's dissatisfaction is focused around her world – college – while Zooey's is centered around his domain – acting. While their frustrations take different targets, both the siblings' cynicism and judgment of the world around them stems from their education. Well-read in philosophy and religion, the Glass children find the world around them to be petty, materialistic, and small. They cannot be satisfied with the world in which they live because they hold themselves and others to impossibly higher standards of intelligence, knowledge, and wisdom.
Franny and Zooey are unlikable characters.
Franny and Zooey are endearing, lovable characters.