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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction

by J.D. Salinger

Analysis: Genre

Literary Fiction, Drama, Modernism

We would argue that "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters" is the drama center, while "Seymour: an Introduction" fits the bill for modernist literature. "Roof Beam" is dialogue-heavy, and its themes and conflict are explored in the dramatic interactions between characters. "Seymour," on the other hand, is wildly experimental, plot-less, meta-fictional, and essentially told via stream-of-consciousness narrative. It is a modernist piece in that it is non-linear, questions the nature of "reality," and looks to tell a story in a new, non-traditional form.

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