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A Perfect Day for Bananafish

  • Date Submitted: 04/07/2010 01:46 PM
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A Perfect Day for Bananafish -J. D. Salinger

      This shot story is about Seymour a Muriel Glass, they are married and they have decided to go on vacation to Florida. She is calling in hotel with his mother, who is asking about Seymour, because he suffers from mental disease and his behaviour is strange. He is kind, intelligent but mentally disturbed. She is afraid, that he can hurt her daughter. She wants to she returns at home, but Muriel ignores everything, what is her mother saying and stays in hotel. He was soldier in war, which has destroyed a part of him or has taken part of him, and now he can not befriend anybody and he is able to speak only with children and only they understand him. He is typical character, which the war influenced very negative. I think that Salinger shows here, that due to war the world lost a lot of young men, not only on the front, but also the war affected other young people, who can not live now in their normal way, how they used to. They have mental or physic problem- they can have some kind of handicap. They can not belong to the normal group of ordinary people, because they are so different and live in their own world.
      During this phone call he is on the beach, where he meets small girl. So he likes children, how I said, he has no problem to make new friend. He is playing with her and they are looking for bananafish, which story he is telling to her. This fish is very ordinary-looking fish. Once they swim in a hole, where a lot of bananas are. But once they get in, they behave like pigs, because they eat o lot of bananas, after that they're so fat they can't get out of the hole again. This story is a metaphor of people's life in city and criticizes the way of life. It's about people who are merciless; they desire only after wealth and fame and want to own as much as it is possible. They waste money, although they have got everything, but can not see the natural beauty of life. They are unable to enjoy the little...


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