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Picture walking into a hotel room and finding a man dead on a bed Upon closer inspection it becomes obvious that he has supposedly taken his own life with the gun that lay beside him In talking to his wife who was asleep on the bed next to him when this incident occurred it is learned that he just walked in the door and shot himself late theprevious night Out of the many questions that could be asked from this story I believe that it is probably extremely important to consider why the main character Seymour Glass decided to commit suicideWhat I believe to be the reason for Seymours suicide has two basic components the spiritual depravity of the world around him and his struggle with his own spiritual shortcomings The spiritual problem of the outside world is mostly a matter of material greed especially in the west and materialism On the other hand his own spiritualproblem is more a matter of intellectual greed and true spiritualism In addressing the suicide the difference should be distinguished between the See More Glass that we see through little Sybils eyes and the Seymour Glass that we see through the eyes of the adult world Even though these two characters are in theory the same man they are slightly different in some ways You could also say that they are thesame character in different stages of development Whatever the case may be the reasons for the suicide shift slightly in emphasis as the character changes A Perfect Day for Bananafish attempts to symbolize that the bananas in See More Glasss story represent all of the things which are taken in along the journey to adulthood If pursued with too much zeal these bananas can prevent spiritual developmentand lead to a greater materialistic development See-More has realized that he cannot get rid of enough bananas to make any further spiritual progress in this life so rather than waste time
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