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Paul Sanders English 103H Section 007 Ms. Spallholz Essay 1 A Perfect Day for Bananafish A Perfect Day for Bananafish is a short story by J.D. Salinger about Seymour Glass and his wife’s vacation to Florida. Seymour has just returned from the war, and he has not returned as well as he had left. Upon returning he has been struggling with his mental health, and is obviously affected by what he experienced at war. His wife’s family is concerned for her safety, but she doesn’t seem too worried about it. The story surrounds Seymour as he spends a day at the beach on his vacation and how he reacts towards normal situations. Throughout the story, his actions reach the brink of insanity only to stop there and come back towards normality. Finally, the story ends with Seymour committing suicide. In A Perfect Day for Bananafish , J.D. Salinger dramatically increases the emotional effect of Seymour’s suicide by developing several situations that portray him as shocking and possibly dangerous, only to resolve each situation in ways that also effectively cause the reader to question their perception and judgment of him. The first chance to reader gets in A Perfect Day for Bananafish to judge Seymour comes early in the story during a telephone conversation between his wife, Muriel, and her mother, who is unusually concerned about Muriel. The conversation immediately starts with Muriel’s mother frantically asking why Muriel hasn’t called her yet and if she’s ok. Salinger effectively brings forth the concern in the mother’s voice with passages like “I’ve been worried to death about you. Why haven’t you phoned? Are you all right?” She asks multiple questions without breaking for
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the answers, showing that she is agitated. This lets the reader know that there is something for the mother to be worried about and after a few passages she reveals that what she is worried about is Seymour. The first hint of this is when the mother asks who drove, and when Muriel
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