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Catcher And The Rye By Jd Salinger. This Paper Is About The Parralels Between Catcher And His Other Book A Perfect Day For Banana Fish.

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J.D. Salinger wrote the Catcher and the Rye as well as A Perfect Day for Bananafish; the main characters both want to preserve innocence for themselves and for the people around them. Innocence according to the Webster's Dictionary, is, "The quality of innocent naïveté and being free from sin or moral wrong; or lacking a knowledge of evil." This innocence is what children have and what adults no longer do. Holden wants to protect the innocence of children, specifically his younger sister Phoebe, while Seymour tries to gain back his innocence with Sybil.In Catcher and the Rye, Holden wants children around him to stay young because once they become adult's people act "phony", trying to please everyone. Holden states,"I'd have to catch everyone if they start to go over the cliff. (Salinger p.173)." Holden wants to save these children from falling off the cliff which represents the transition from innocence to phoniness. He has creates this imaginary world about the rye and himself being surrounded by children, because he doesn't want to become this "phony" self absorbed person that he is so convinced everyone is. He is so critical of everyone around him that he does not stop to realize that he could be wrong and that the transition from child to adult is just a way of life.In A Perfect day for Bannanafish, Seymour goes out into the ocean and searches for bannanafish with Sybil, when in fact he is searching for his innocence, hoping to find it in Sybil. He acts like a child with her talking about a make believe fish. Seymour says, "You just keep your eyes open for any bananafish. This is a perfect day for bananafish.(Salinger p. 15)" Seymour is trying to rid himself of this adult world where everything is so serious. He went to war and saw all this death and destruction. So when he returns from there he decides to go back to pretending to be naïve and innocent, like children. They do not know of war and death. Their biggest worry is if they are going to get their favorite toy for Christmas. Seymour and Holden's emotions are in a rollercoaster throughout both of the writings.. They could be as happy as ever one second and then one second later mad and angry at the world. When Holden is with phoebe at home, he "started to cry. (Salinger 179)." His emotions are on high wire he has spent the whole novel thinking the world hates him, so he will hate them back, but when phoebe shows him general care and affection he cannot take it. Similarly .Seymour gets very defensive about his feet, "if you want to look at my feet...don't be a god damned sneak. (Salinger 17)." Seymour has been overseas at war and is having difficulty adjusting back into a regular lifestyle. Holden just does not want to...

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