A Perfect Day For Bananafish By J. D. Salinger

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Register to read the introduction… One of which was J.D. Salinger. New to writing Salinger did not know where to go, so he decided to start by reading some of the greats. Fitzgerald and Hemingway were his favorites. “As he developed as a writer Salinger came to see himself as following in Fitzgerald’s footsteps” (Gabriel). Salinger was not the only writer to notice this, many other authors aspired to be like Fitzgerald because he left such a legacy in literature. Although Fitzgerald never met Salinger, his guidance can be found in many aspects of Salinger's life. “There is also evidence that Fitzgerald’s writing directly inspired Salinger’s own works. One prominent example of this is the ending of A Perfect Day for Bananafish” (Gabriel). Salinger’s novel displays similar characteristics to Fitzgerald's own May Day from his early years as a writer, showing that his writing has revolutionized literature for not only his generation but all that follow him. Fitzgerald reformed everything from people view of the twenties to future American writers, he is truly one of the greats.
Fitzgerald gave Americans what they wanted from a writer in the 1920’s as well as everything they needed to know from that time. He gave the people of the twenties what they wanted, the truth with a little heartache, and
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