Research Paper: Introduction to Fiction

The perspective with which the two stories, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” and “For Esmé with Love and Squalor” by Dr. Salinger are written indeed affect the relationship between the two young girls featured in them and the primary protagonist. In the former story, Sybil Carpenter, befriends the protagonist, Seymour on the beach and understands him than any other character. The author who claims to be the protagonists writes the story from a personal perspective to show the psychological trauma that war causes. He interaction with children with the aim of showing a deep contrast to the phony and detached behavior of adults. In this respect, the author portrays the child as being innocent and ignorant about the ugliness of the world. For instance, she is unnerved by Seymour when he kisses her foot in the ocean. However, the protagonist crosses the line, and the girl runs away. Conversely, in “For Esmé with Love and Squalor,” the author portrays the little girl as being the initiator of the relationship. For instance, Esme pretends that she goes to look for the protagonist, Sergent X because his brother is lonely. She leaves the audience wondering if she was lonely too. Again, she mentions that Charles wants to kiss the protagonist goodbye. Such instances insinuate that she was hiding her real hidden feelings towards the narrator. While Sybil shows chastity in her relationship with the protagonist, Esmé shows an extraordinary level of maturity that she uses to drag the protagonist into a love affair.


Work Cited
Salinger, J. D. Nine Stories. Boston: Little, Brown, 1991. Print.

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