A Perfect Day for Bananafish

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A Perfect Day for Bananafish: Societies influence on Character Seymore Glass and his wife Myrial travel to Florida where on a calm and sunny day, Seymore fires a bullet through his right temple. John D. Salinger, in his short story A Perfect Day for Bananafish, describes his own main character, disturbed to an unrecoverable point, a point where suicide is his only foreseeable option. The story begins with Seymour Glass, a war veteran honeymooning with his wife for the second time. Salingers character is about a man whose life changed so dramatically in one day in the eyes of the reader. Not only did Seymour’s simple day of vacation play out very differently than expected, but he took his own life due to the pressures he could not escape in his own mind. Salinger uses his abrupt writing technique in his short story to show this dramatic shift in Seymour's character which he believes is caused by the cultural toxicity of the world at that time. J. D. Salinger was an early American writer who saw it as his mission to explore society and expose of many of its flaws. Salingers service in the military, his later writings, and then A Perfect day for Bananafish, one of his nine short exposing stories, serve to the fact that Salinger wrote to expose issues in society. Salinger had a deep distaste for the post World War 2 era. Many believe that he has a reputation for symbolism and mental insecurities that affect his characters in a negative and particular way because of his
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