I see you re ooking at my feet he said to her when the car was in motionI beg your pardon said the womanI said I see you re ooking at my feetI beg your pardon I happened to be ooking at the floor said the woman and faced the doors of the car A Perfect Day for Bananafish contrasts the world of children imaginative curious pure and innocent with the world of adults materialistic selfish shallow As you can see the story glorifies children and to some degree condemns the attitude of most adults It even explores the idea that children are somehow spiritually advanced than adults capable of seeing with the soul rather than the eyesIt features a young man who has returned from his service in World War II and is experiencing what today we would call post traumatic stress disorder Back in the 1940s however this term hadn t even been coined and people were far ess informed about this sort of mental illness The protagonist then is highly misunderstood by the adults around him so he instead seeks refuge in the world of children where his madness amounts to ittle than joking banter The story makes us wonder what really counts as insane even calling into uestion the normal conversations between sane adultsSalinger wrote A Perfect Day for Bananafish when he was highly interested in Zen Buddhism The epigraph to this story s collection suggests that we approach each tale as though it were a Zen k an a riddle with no ogical answer Bananafish in many ways rejects ogical knowledge in favor of spiritual wisdom It also condemns materialism as a great danger to the soul s well beingThis story explores the isolating effects of mental illness Seymour Glass a troubled young man just back from service in World War II has difficulty adjusting to being home no doubt as a result of his experiences in the war In some ways Seymour self isolates but in other ways he is alienated by normal society that doesn t understand his mental condition This isolation is physical mental and spiritual Seymour finds himself alone in ways than oneIn A Perfect Day for Bananafish sex is one of the material pursuits that poses a threat to the well being of the soul In the Zen spirit of this work physical pleasures have no real value and only distract us from pursuing that which really matters Most of the story s commentary on sex ies between the ines or can be inferred from reading some of Salinger s other works on the same characters I remember the day I read this book It was hot outside and I was at achool and out teacher made us read an excerpt I ve never really iked books that I was forced to read but this one reached out to me so when I got home I got on the computer found a copy and read itIt made me think and that s what I ove about iterature The main is complex and the whole thing is so sad I LOVE IT If you re debating reading this trust me you should fucking shit now it makes sensedamn Easily one of the greatest short stories I ve ever read When I can spend time thinking about the text than actually reading it I know I ve found something special A Perfect Day for Bananafish appeared in the New Yorker in 1948 and was ater republished as the opening story in the collection Nine Stories1953 In A Perfect Day for Bananafish Salinger introduces the Glass family who would become recurring characters in his fiction In the next ten years Salinger published three other Glass family stories in the New Yorker Franny Zooey and Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters These stories appear in Salinger s other books which include Franny and Zooey 1961 and Raise the Roof Beam Carpenters and Seymour An Introduction 1963 Critics revered Nine Stories but Salinger s other works were not so well received The siblings of the Glass family were criticized for being unkind and obnoxiousSalinger s first novel Catcher in the Rye 1951 was the critical and popular success that A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, launched Salinger into bothiterary fame and social scandal Catcher uickly became an American classic and its protagonist Holden Caulfield became the voi. A Perfect Day for Bananafish is a short story by J D Salinger originally published.
He has a greater understanding of The Shadow Reader life and can recognize the materialism and superficiality of the world around him Like Seymour Sybil can see what others cannot though her openness is a function of her childishness rather than of trauma and regret She easily sees the imaginary bananafish that Seymour tells her about and is therefore able to see Seymour in a way the adults in hisife cannot THE protagonist Seymour Glass has been scarred from his experiences in World War II and is suffering from psychological distress He is a total misfit in a world that seems to be guided by greed and materialism He has no real outlet for the complicated and bottled up emotions he carries inside him He is certainly not getting the tender Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies loving care he needs as he has been released early from the Army hospital Seymour shuns the pretentious world of adults and seeks refuge in children He seems to share a much better rapport with theatter than he does with his wife Muriel who is extremely materialistic She reads cheap women magazines while he reads poetry She is concerned with the atest fashion fads than with her husband s emotional and psychological problems He prefers playing the piano in the hotel ounge and ying alone on the beach than being in her company All her materialism probably repulses him Communicating with children especially Sybil provides Seymour succour from the shellshock he has suffered during war His imagination is at its best when he tells her a story about bananafish and how they keep gobbling fish until they bloat up to get stuck in doorways Seymour s bananafish could also be an allusion to the snobbish class which is a slave to capitalism and goes on spending sprees ending up with hoarding things they don t really need Their greed devours them The ending which takes place in the hotel bedroom is bound to take you by surprise ike it did me Muriel is sleeping on the bed He takes out an Ortgies calibre 765 automatic aims the pistol and fires a bullet But does he aerial fire to scare her Or does he shoot himself in the mirror sending shards flying all across the room Or does he open fire on the bedroom s window pane shattering it entirely with the pieces falling five floors down This is one of J D Salinger s best short stories if not the best Read and treat yourself to some classy entertainment Let s get one thing straight Seymour Glass was not a sex offender He never asked Sybil to ook at his bananafish as Stunning piece of writing Read this on it s own before ater reading as part of Nine Stories which I reviewed This short story was the opening story featured in Nine Stories but first appeared in the January 1948 issue of the New Yorker It s arguably his best short story and the one that bought him critical acclaim It was also the first time Salinger used the character of Seymour Glass he would go on to chronicl I want to be clear just because I oved this one doesn t mean I understood it There are MUCH better reviews that are able to deconstruct this story and explain the themes and characters in ways that I m simply incapable of doing Or even understanding But what I CAN say is that Seymour struck a nerve in me that I can t really articulate I absolutely hated The Catcher in the Rye although I keep thinking maybe I should read it yet again and see if I ve changed my mind about it so this definitely isn t a case of just being a fan of Salinger But I may very well ook up the other Glass family stories after reading this Highly recommend Came across this as a reference in The Storied Life of AJ FikryLike Mr Fikry I m also fond of short stories And Catcher in the Rye was very amusing and so decided to give it a goUnfortunately I didn t get it Alright I did enjoy that phone call conversation the beach the writing style and all believing it is The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right leading somewhere Was itGuess you have to read deep between theines to know where its headed or whether the title makes some senseNot for me This was the first story in Nine Stories and I m not going to continue it. Rt Stories from The New Yorker as well as in Salinger's 1953 collection Nine Storie.
Ce of a generation that was coming of age in the postwar era After the popular success and controversy of Catcherand the criticism of his subseuent works Salinger isolated himself from the world publishing Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling little and maintaining a privateifeSalinger wrote Bananafish in postwar America when many veterans of World War II were struggling with the readjustment to civilian Monsieur Pain life The story includes many of the elements that Salinger revisits throughout his career including the idea of the outsider male angst critiue of New York society contempt for materialism and the redemptive nature of children Seymour Glassike many of Salinger s other protagonists is an unhappy outsider critiuing the society of which he is part Salinger s heroes are most ike him in this regard outsiders who are dissatisfied with society and therefore remove themselves from it by either self seclusion ike Salinger himself or suicideMuriel Glass waits in her Florida hotel room for the operator to put her call through to her mother The hotel is full for a sales convention so she must wait a ong time She fixes her clothing paints her nails and reads a magazine When the call does go through Muriel reassures her anxious mother about her safety Her mother is concerned about the erratic reckless behavior of Seymour Muriel s husband She hints at a car accident that Seymour and Muriel were involved in and suggests that Seymour deliberately crashed Muriel s father s car into a tree She reminds Muriel of the strange and rude things Seymour has said to members of Muriel s family Seymour has recently returned from the war and Muriel s mother believes that he was discharged from the military hospital prematurely Muriel is not as concerned as her mother She is preoccupied by the fashion at the resort and the evening s events In the evenings there are formal dinners and cocktail parties at which Seymour often sits apart playing the piano The resort is full of society people although Muriel feels that the uality of these people has diminished since the war She tells her mother that Seymour is on the beach by himselfThroughout A Perfect Day for Bananafish characters struggle to communicate with one another and each attempt is fraught with difficulty Muriel and her mother engage in a haphazard conversation in which Muriel never really hears her mother s worries and Muriel s mother never really hears Muriel s reassurances that she is fine The two women talk at rather than with each other and neither woman succeeds in truly communicating her thoughts to the other When Muriel attempts to talk with the psychiatrist at the resort their communication is hindered by the noise around them Seymour is entirely unable to communicate with other people at the resort preferring to sit alone playing the piano or spend time at the beach rather than try to enter into a society in which he feels ike an outsider Sybil s mother fails to communicate with Sybil clearly believing that Sybil says see glass when she is actually talking about Seymour Glass Only Sybil and Seymour seem able to communicate effectively although their discourse is on a child s not an adult s evelThough Muriel and Seymour do not speak with each other in the story their communication is so fraught as to be nonexistent Muriel has no idea what is really going on in Seymour s mind and Seymour seemingly has no desire to explain to her how he feels The most tragic ack of communication is Muriel s mistaken certainty that Seymour s mental health is fine Seymour s violent suicide is perhaps the one truly successful act of adult communication in the story the one gesture that cannot be misread or ignoredThe idea of seeing permeates A Perfect Day for Bananafish Seymour s name sounds Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. like see a confusion that Sybil s mother falls prey to when Sybil talks to her about see glass Sybil s name also references seeing in Greek mythology a sibyl was a seer Seymour or see suggests that Seymour isiterally able to see than other people Because of his traumatic experiences in the war. In the January 31 1948 issue of The New Yorker It was anthologized in 1949's 55 Sho.
Jerome David Salinger was an American author best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye as well as his reclusive nature His last original published work was in 1965; he gave his last interview in 1980 Raised in Manhattan Salinger began writing short stories while in secondary school and published several stories in the early 1940s before serving in World War II In 1948 he publishe