Perfect Day for a Rocking Horse Winner

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“A Perfect Day for Bananafish” written by J.D. Salinger, and “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence are two short stories which focus around protagonists who have decided that death is the only solution if they cannot reach their own unobtainable goals. The authors of the story, Salinger and Lawrence, share their own views on death through the depictions of the two main character’s actions. The two main characters are affected by women who are physically present but emotionally distant in their lives and represent a world that cares more for itself than the importance of the lives of others. In “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” the protagonist Seymour kills himself after being unable to cope with the indifference of the world around him. In “The Rocking-Horse Winner” the protagonist Paul dies trying to earn money by becoming lucky for his mother who symbolizes greed. Seymour and Paul are also influenced by someone special to them that portrays an important yet unobtainable aspect that they desire in their lives. “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” is set in Florida during 1948 and revolves around a day of a vacation that Seymour and his wife are on. Seymour is married to a woman named Muriel who is very self-centered and does not seem to care that her husband is suffering from a severe case of PTSD caused by his recent time fighting in the Second World War. Seymour spends the majority of the story not in the company of his wife, but encouraging an inappropriate infatuation with a young girl named Sybil who is enamored with him. Sybil symbolizes for Seymour the innocence he lost in the war and that he is trying to obtain by associating with young children. Later Seymour is also shown to be very defensive and suspicious of strangers when he accosts a lady on an elevator. He accuses her of staring at his feet, and becomes upset when she denies it, saying “If…...

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