Essay on A Perfect Day For Bananafish

1709 Words Mar 5th, 2015 7 Pages
“When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.” (Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind) Patrick Rothfuss analyses how childhood innocence and the lack of responsibility can be irresistible. For some, transitioning from the simplicity of youth to the daunting reality of adulthood can be a demanding task. Holden Caufield in The Catcher in the Rye and Seymour Glass in “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” are two such people. As he lives out his secluded lifestyle in New Hampshire, JD Salinger studies the challenges that people take on as their innocence starts to fade. Salinger proves that every individual has to let go of innocence at some point in their life , nobody can hold on to purity forever. For some people, innocence is lost very fast, in a single event, whereas for others it is a slower process. For Holden, his purity is cracked at the time of his little brother Allie’s death. The reader discovers Holden’s love for his brother when he states, “God, he was a nice kid, though. He used to laugh so hard at something he thought of at the dinner table that he just about fell off his chair (Catcher 21).” Allie’s death has a significant effect on Holden’s inexperience and the way he views the world. When Allie passes away, Holden sees him almost as a religious figure. Through his eyes, Allie slowly grows to be everything that is…

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