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J D Salinger wrote Nine Stories with the same brilliance as Catcher In The Rye His style is so unique and complex that all of his short stories are truly enjoyable Two of those stories are A perfect day for a bananafish and For Esme with love and squalor The main characters in both of these stories Seymour and Sargent X have served in World War II and the fighting has taken its toll on them Their physiological well being was sacrificed and as a result they are no longer the same people they were before Both feel alienated from the people in their life the same people they had loved before the war The isolation the war has caused is carried over into their lives and it caused these men to search for new forms of comfort and security in the respective forms of Sybil and Esme In A perfect day for a bananafish Muriel and her husband Seymour have different perspectives of life Muriel is a carefree and complacent person while her husband is quite strange and slightly paranoid His paranoia is illustrated when he looses it in the hotel elevator I have two normal feet and I cant see the slightest God-damned reason anyone should stare at them Muriel however is unacquainted with Seymours wild breakdowns She is rather confident that Seymour is perfectly sane as she reports to her mother on the telephone Muriel doesnt know about this side of Seymour because he has become alienated from her after the war Their personalities dont match anymore if they ever did and he is seeking some sort of understanding that he knows Muriel can not provide Seymours relationship with Sybil is making up for Muriels shortcomings Seymour is looking for the understanding of a child and the love of an adult He wants someone who will not judge him He rea lizes the impossibility of his desires with Sybil when he gets
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