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71 Why did Seymour Kill Himself While Sonny would refer you to an alternate explanation that he has worked out quite conveniently for quetions of this sort at The Answer Matt has the following to offer on this There is of course no single correct answer to this question I offer at least the following suggested answer distilled from my undergraduate thesis on the story It is largely incomplete due to length limitations We are somewhat passively seeking alternative interpretations to offer here so email us if you have one 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 while his own spiritual problem is more a matter of intellectual greed or intellectual treasure--see Zooey In addressing the suicide we should distinguish between See More Glass and Seymour Glass because they are slightly different characters Or if you like they are the same character in different stages of development Whatever the case the reasons for the suicide shift slightly in emphasis as the character changes Buddy himself seems to admit this inSAI when he confesses that the Seymour of Bananafish See-More resembles Buddy more than the real Seymour That is Buddy apologizes for h aving imposed his own erroneous interpretation of Seymours suicide in the early story Bfish as he tries to set the record straight in the later work Teddy and the Glass saga Part of setting straight that record is the story Teddy which Buddy also mentions though not by name Teddy is a retelling and an explanation of Bananafish from a later perspective Of course its a distinctive story in its own right with or without Bfish but the parallels and connections are striking the two are published in the same
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