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In todays day and age mankind is faced daily with challenges that at first consideration may seem impossible or even ridiculous If an extraterrestrial life form were to gaze upon out planet and observe our cultures theres no doubt that what they see would shock them Earth is populated by all kinds of people brown black white short tall fat and skinny but one thing that will always be true is that each and every one of these inhabitants is unique in their own way These differences often create conflicts among different groups of people and wars usually escalate from what would simply be a minor disagreement War then in turn takes its toll on the people involved severely traumatizing the individuals who fight for their respective nations This is the case in the short story A Perfect Day for Bananafish by JD Salinger War has changed a man and pushed him to realize just what life is about Seymour Glass the protagonist of the story is a soldier who was discharged from the army after serving in war He was released from a military hospital which he was in for an undisclosed reason and returns home to marry his long-time girlfriend Muriel The story takes place over a span of a couple hours while the recently wed couple is vacationing in Florida Muriel opens the tale with a phone call to her mother in New York where it is quickly established that Seymour could be mentally unstable as Muriels mother firmly believes She states that He a doctor the family knows very definitely told your father theres a chancea very great chance he saidthat Seymour may completely lose control of himself Salinger 6 Muriels mother and father are worried for their daughter and repeatedly ask her to return home to no success She has made up her mind and shes staying in Florida with Seymour After the phone conversation we are introduced to a
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