A Perfect Day for Bananafish

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  • Symbolism In A Perfect Day For Bananafish

    In “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” J.D. Salinger uses a conglomeration of symbols and motifs to represent Seymour and the materialism and greed of adults in society; Diction and a motif of different colors portray his feelings and emotions which may have led him to take his own life after the war. Seymour comes home from the war and can not merge into society. Salinger uses the bananafish to represent Seymour’s life; Seymour goes to war and the bananafish “swim into a banana hole” (Salinger). They “eat as many as seventy-eight bananas” showing a lack of self control and inability to let things go which Seymour explicitly demonstrates when he can not dismiss the memories of the war. The bananafish eat so many bananas “they can’t get out of the…

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  • A Perfect Day For Bananafish By J. D. Salinger's Life

    “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…

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  • Symbolism In A Perfect Day For Bananafish?

    battle during WW2 times would have mental issues. These mental issues are part of PTSD which many war veterans were diagnosed with in current times but in WW2 times it was not known. J.D Salinger wrote many different short stories some controversial with deep meanings. In “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” the main character Seymour suffers from “PTSD” but nobody helps him with this issue. Everyone around him continues to ignore the fact that he has these issues. Throughout the story each of the…

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  • Analysis Of 'A Perfect Day For Bananafish'

    Salinger portrays Muriel as a conceited woman who cares more about herself then other people. This can be seen in the quotation “her preoccupation with her own appearance. Her answering the telephone only on the fifth or sixth ring again accents her vanity” (“A Perfect Day for Bananafish”). The author seems to be suggesting Muriel doesn’t jump to actions for other people. She finishes what she is doing with herself and then will go to the needs of other people. Salinger adds to this by saying…

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  • Analysis Of A Perfect Day For Bananafish

    How “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” shows the difficulty of communication between children and adults. We live in a society with two types of people, the ones that have not experienced the world, and those that have. Between these different types of people, the lack of understanding each other can cause a communication barrier as neither can communicate the loss of purity and the of absence of knowledge of how the world functions. The barrier between innocence and adult sexuality prevent…

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  • A Perfect Day For Bananafish Analysis

    It's Too Easy To Make The Easy Choice The most simplistic quote that proves true of the argument is “easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life”(Jerzy Gregorek). Within the short stories Totem written by Thomas King and A Perfect Day For Bananafish written by J.D. Salinger a truth within humanity is shown. The story Totem takes place in a museum in Alberta and the totem poles are making sounds that are annoying to the people in the museum so they displace the totem poles. This is…

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  • Bananafish Analysis

    BananaFish represent many thing in JD’s salinger’s story perfect day for bananafish. Bananafish are a fictional animal whom live in the ocean. They go into holes full of bananas, and eat until they are full, but cannot get back out of the hole again and die. One thing the banana fish represent is the journey from childhood to adulthood. Seymour, the character who came up with the idea of banana fish, went to war, and suffers from PTSD or depression because he commits suicide at the end of the…

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  • A Perfect Day For Bananafish Character Analysis

    in the quotation “her self-interest seems to overshadow what should be her wifely concern for her troubled husband” (“A Perfect Day for Bananafish” 1). Salinger is illustrating the image that Muriel is more concerned about herself than her husband, who is clearly mentally ill. Salinger’s addition of “she was a girl who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing” (1) makes it obvious that Muriel has always been the type of woman who would disregard the care of others for herself. From one…

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  • Theme Of Materialism In A Perfect Day For Bananafish

    American Society’s Materialism in A Perfect Day For Bannafish J.D Salinger believes society turns each and every one of us into bananafish. In his short story A Perfect Day For Bananafish he expresses some of his views on the American society and the problems that he has with it. He believes Americans put too much value in material possessions and that their lives, shaped by a constant bombardment of advertisements and new products that are bigger and better than the last, are harmful to…

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  • Compare And Contrast A Perfect Day For Bananafish

    The short stories ‘A Perfect Day for Bananafish’ (1948) and ‘For Esmé—with Love and Squalor’ (1950) present the American writer Jerome David Salinger in his prime. Both short stories are well-acclaimed by critics as well as readers, as they preceded the author’s well-known novel The Catcher in the Rye (1951). Although the two short stories may not be as famous as the worldwide-known Salinger’s masterpiece is, they both represent him maybe even better than The Catcher in the Rye’s Holden…

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