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Gonzalez Gonzalez, Maria Language Arts/ Ms. Austero Period 1 Midterm Essay Outline 11 January 2010 Do Not Grow Old, You Might Lose Your Innocence In his story, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish”, J.D. Salinger includes symbols, such as the bananafish, the color Seymour and Sybil are wearing, and their physical descriptions, to emphasize the theme of loss of innocence as one grows older. One of the symbols J.D. Salinger includes is the story of the bananafish, which Seymour, the sensitive adult, tells Sybil, the innocent child. He describes that inside the ocean, there is a type of fish called a bananafish that gorges bananas from a hole but once it gobbles down too many, it can not leave the banana hole, and eventually dies. Like the bananafish, Muriel, Seymour’s wife and the materialist adult in the story, stuffs herself with materialistic objects, and in the end, she will be unable to retrieve her innocence, and will eventually die. This illustrates how as some people grow older, they experience a loss
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2011 for the course ENGLISH 103 taught by Professor Gonzalez during the Spring '11 term at New England College.

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