A Perfect Day For Bananafish Short Story

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Experience, which destroys innocence, also leads one back to it.” – James Baldwin. “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” by J.D. Salinger, and “Home” by George Saunders depicts the search the protagonists, Seymour and Mikey, go through to retrieve their innocence that they once lost while fighting in the war. Fighting in any war is absolutely terrifying and can leave permanent damage on someone forever—emotionally and mentally, thus leading them to lose their innocence. The effects that the war has left on them and how it impacts their lives are visible in multiple ways. Both short stories “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” and “Home” demonstrate the criticism against the materialistic world, the barriers to effective communication and the elusive search for childhood and home. To begin with, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” and “Home” reveal the judgment against the materialistic society by Seymour’s realization of his wife constantly luxuriating in wealth and how he condemns his respective society, and by Mikey expressing his anger towards his materialistic society due to the actions of his family, and the differences in wealth. “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” features Seymour who has returned home from World War II to his materialistic and superficial wife, Muriel. He notices how she constantly paints her nails, wears a white silk dressing gown, and uses exquisite leather luggage. “She washed her comb and brush...She moved the button on her Saks blouse.” (J.D. Salinger). Seymour finds

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