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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Her parents are worried about her but she refuses to go home because she hasn’t been in a vacation in a long time. An Interesting short story, about a man who shoots himself after he tells a story about his so-called Bananafish to a young girl on a beach. Was he really a pedophile? Like Seymour, Sybil can see what others cannot, though her openness is a function of her childishness rather than of trauma and regret.

At first glance, the story seems to begin in a banal manner, then becomes awkward, cute, creepy, before an explosive last paragraph that makes you flip quickly back to the beginning, to see if you might find foreshadowing that would have clued you in to the conclusion. Why, I’ve known some bananafish to oerfect into a banana hole and eat as pdrfect as seventy-eight bananas. He’s played the piano both nights we’ve been here. And yet the reference is subtle, and seems to elude most readers.

She fixes her clothing, paints her nails, and reads a magazine. This is a perfect day for bananafish. Did he get one in the Army?


The siblings of the Glass family were criticized for being unkind and obnoxious. This isolation is physical, mental, and spiritual — Seymour finds himself “alone” in more ways than one. Fikry Like Mr Fikry, I’m also fond of short stories.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish

I think he realized he really was. The story is divided into two sections, plus that whammy of a coda. Salinger and I just never hit it off.

Their habits are very peculiar. Well, nothing much, really. I feel bad for him, just as he did.

Have you ever read a short story where you know there’s tons of jv behind the surface, you just can’t pinpoint it? My word of honor. The New Yorker consistently dismissed further stories submitted by Salinger. Muriel is on holiday in Florida with her husband, Seymour, who was a soldier in the recently-ended Second World War. Salingeroriginally published in the January 31,issue of The New Yorker. Mar 16, yengyeng rated it really liked it Shelves: Muriel is not like Seymour at all, she’s superficial and centered around materialistic things.

It’s driving Mommy absolutely crazy. We’ll see if we can sakinger a bananafish. How’s your blue coat?

Seymour Glass came from a war and he is on a vacation along with his wife. With her hand, when the float was level again, she wiped away a flat, wet band of hair from her salingdr, and reported, “I just saw one. The young man started, his right hand going to the lapels of his terry-cloth robe.

The story is set at an upscale seaside resort in Florida. Sybil heads straight over to Seymour, who is lying on the beach in his bathrobe. Back in the s, however, this term hadn’t even been coined, and people were far less informed about this sort of mental illness.


If we like we can consider the sexual overtones of the bananafish, certainly a phallic image as described by Seymour: Some believe it was the entire world that drove Seymour to madness while others draw a connection to post-traumatic stress.

I’ll be the first to admit that. I can see that too, but I do think it ignores the implied sexual nuances of the story. She was wearing a canary-yellow two-piece bathing suit, one piece of which she would not actually be needing for another nine or ten years. Those horrible things he said to Granny about her plans for passing away.

A Perfect Day for Bananafish – Wikipedia

I can understand vananafish people would think that this speaks for an angsty, existentalist sorry, butchered word there culture. Feb 27, Gorab Jain rated it it was ok Shelves: The vague description common to Hemingway’s narrative dialogue appears in several of Salinger’s stories and novels.

In some ways Seymour self-isolates, but in other ways he is alienated by “normal” society that doesn’t understand his mental condition. Salinger quotes a verse from the poem The Waste Land by poet T. The bananafish metaphor is simple yet effective. He calls me Miss Spiritual Tramp of ,” the girl said, and giggled. Salinger is quite possibly my favorite author for this reason:

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