A Perfect Day for Bananafish. by J. D. Salinger. THERE WERE ninety-seven This is the hottest day they’ve had in Florida in–“. “Why haven’t you called me?. “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” is a short story by J. D. Salinger, originally published in the January 31, issue of The New Yorker. It was anthologized in. Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of A Perfect Day for Bananafish. It helps middle and high school students understand J.D. Salinger’s .

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Neighborliness and Rebuilding Community after War in J. I just had no idea what it was, so it just seemed like an irritating, vacuous, self-absorbed character talking about nothing.

Is Seymour going to drown her What a whimsical name for such a serious story. Are you all right? Nov 08, Inday-Elie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I can see that too, but I do think it ignores the implied sexual nuances of the story.

It’s sad, actually, is what it is. As you can see, the story glorifies children and to some degree condemns “I see you’re looking at my feet,” he said to her when the car was in motion. He took in all ssalinger tragedy that life had given him until he could not take it anymore. Both of them address topics like PTSD, trauma and outcomes of war, etc Then he went over and sat down on the unoccupied twin bed, looked at the girl, aimed bwnanafish pistol, and fired a bullet through his right temple.


I feel terrible that I read the last line first it ruined that element of surprise.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish

This page bajanafish last edited on 6 Decemberat I’m so sunburned I can hardly move. Salinger Nine Stories is a collection of short stories by American fiction writer J. I never saw so many tigers. Jun 10, Knarik Avetisyan rated it it was amazing Shelves: He bent over, picked up the float, and secured it under his right arm.

I thought that it was deep. Like the eldest son of the Glass familySalinger was deeply affected by his experiences as a combat soldier in WWII, and these informed his writing. The first section features Muriel Glass on a long-distance call with her mother. Seymour is bananwfish Glass, and is mentioned in the book.

Retrieved from ” https: A woman’s voice came through. Why, I’ve known some bananafish to swim into a banana hole and eat as many as seventy-eight bananas.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish – J. D. Salinger

I happened to be looking at the floor,” said the woman, and faced the salniger of the car. Did anyone else see Seymour as a sex offender? That is, I have it. Mixing memory and desire.

I understand how there can be other interpretations that focus on Seymour’s preoccupation with the innocence of childhood and this ideal version of what it means to be a child: Critics interpret evidence from the story to determine what the actual cause of Seymour’s suicide was due to conflicting reasoning presented in other stories that include the Glass family. Published first published Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


He finally got out of his hole. Catcher quickly became an American classic, and its protagonist, Holden Caulfield, became the voice of a generation that was coming of age in the postwar era.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish – Wikipedia

He tells her a story about a Bananafish who tend to swim into holes and eat all the bananas inside it. He retrieves a pistol from his luggage and suddenly takes his own life. I will be honest, the first pass through this story led me to believe that Seymour was sexually interested in children and as a result decided to kill himself.

They’re very ordinary- looking fish when they swim in. In “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” sex bananafjsh one of the material pursuits that poses salinfer threat to the well-being of the soul.

He very definitely told your father there’s a chance–a very great chance, he said–that Seymour may completely lose control of himself. He turned over on his stomach, letting a sausaged towel fall away from his eyes, and squinted up at Sybil.