3 March 2011
Burdened By Bullets Robert E. Lee once said, “ What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world”. The assembly of vignettes, Nine Stories, written by J.D Salinger, is set in a post-war era. The collection of stories focuses on the emotional and psychological impact the effects World War II has on certain individuals. The majority of Salinger’s characters struggle to cope with their personal experiences and fail to find happiness due to their encounters with war. Seymour Glass, Eloise, and Franklin are all prime examples of Salinger’s characters who battle to escape the negative burdens of war as they attempt to isolate themselves from society and face a never ending self conflict that soon leads to their self plummet into a desolate state. Throughout the course of the stories: “A Perfect Day for Bananafish”, “Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut”, and “Just Before the War With the Eskimos”, Salinger conveys the negative impact the effects of war has on specific individuals which victimizes one into a world of isolation; unable to locate self-contentment in a world after the war.
In a “Perfect Day for Bananafish”, Seymour Glass is seen as an unstable and damaged young man who faces post-traumatic stress syndrome from the negative effects of war; thus, causing him to forever alienate himself from society. Seymour’s mental instability causes others to perceive him as a strange and troubled man who, “may completely lose control of himself” (Salinger 6). The traumatic experiences Seymour Glass dealt with in combat followed him into his present life, therefore carrying a drastic emotional and psychological toll on his perception of his...