Nine Stories | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by James Finn Cotter

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of Nine Stories.
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Critical Essay by James Finn Cotter

SOURCE: Cotter, James Finn. “A Source for Seymour's Suicide: Rilke's Voices and Salinger's Nine Stories.Papers on Language and Literature 25, no. 1 (winter 1989): 83-98.

In the following essay, Cotter argues that Rainer Maria Rilke's The Voices is a source for Salinger's Nine Stories.

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J. D. Salinger's short story, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” employs the traditional device of a surprise ending. Seymour Glass returns to his Miami hotel room, glances at his wife asleep on her bed, takes from his luggage a heavy-caliber German automatic, sits down on his bed, looks again at Muriel, and fires a bullet through his head. Not even Richard Cory's suicide has provoked more critical commentary. Why does Seymour shoot himself?

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