The symbolism in “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” allowed Salinger to communicate his main theme. One of the most prominent symbols, the colour blue, implies both innocence and depression. In the story, the constant appearance of blue supports Seymour Glass’s search for innocence. For example, Seymour remarks, “That’s a fine blue bathing suit you have on. If there’s one thing I like, it’s a blue bathing suit" (Salinger). However, Sybil’s bathing suit is yellow, and she proceeds to correct him. This seemingly impossible mist...
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