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A critical analysis of 'Down at the dinghy,' by David Salinger

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Down at the Dinghy Down at the dinghy is another one of many great short stories written by Jerome David Salinger. It is based upon a relationship between a run away child; and his parents who try and reason with the boy for a reason why. Although the relationship is perceived to start on the wrong foot it most certainly concludes with a light-hearted ending. The novel is mainly based around a child aged four. The problem with this child is that he prefers to 'flee from his natural habitat.' For unknown circumstances we see that the boy is under a lot of stress of some kind as he seems to be a very melancholy young soul for a child of that age. This maybe due to the location that the house is situated in. It can clearly be seen by the passages that the boy lives in an area in which there are no children of his age, and generally at all. ...read more.


Boo Boo is a character that has a great impact upon the reader for the way in which she is much organised in her handle the young boy even though he frequently runs away from home. Lionel has been running away from home since he has been of two and a half years of age. This is a very young age to start to run away from home. This is an age group in which children are still attempting to talk, or talk understandably. Even more walk with confidence, whereas this young child seems to be able to run away from home at the age of two and a half! This is an astonishing age at which to begin to run away from your home at, as at two and a half, children still do not have the courage to be alone, or remain in the dark. Also this is an incredible feat as described by her mother as he manages to run away to the park for the night. ...read more.


In the end with these little diversions she manages to penetrate the dinghy that the boy has been sat in throughout the entire novel and then also manages to make him happy after he was in a gloomy and downhearted mood. She is able to do this by infiltrating his mind and acting just like a child would and doing and giving him all the things he likes such as playing games with him and buying him pickles. This is why the complex relationship between the mother and son is so intense due to all of these small factors in the play that just generate the plot into a much deeper and more solid text to understand, as are most of Salinger's writings. J.D.Salinger is most rightly one of the best writers of short stories in all known histories with his soft text yet intense plots that form writings that create such an intense impact upon the reader. This is why Salinger is so popular as a writer...due to his odd style of omnipotent writings. Sumit Bhardwaj English Mr Martin ...read more.

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